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5/21/2014: For the first time in 35 years, a bullfight at Plaza de las Ventas, Madrid's premier bullring, was called off after all three fighters were gored in just one session. Amazingly, though the incident has sparked alarm around the world, it has done little to change Spain's apathetic attitude toward this gruesome sport. Sign below to tell Spain that brutal events like these do not go unnoticed!
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Bullfighting is a traditional European and Latin American sport that involves bulls being publicly baited, taunted, lanced and eventually stabbed to death by bullfighters inside a ring. Fights often result in severe injuries for the fighter, and always end in death for the animal. Despite its blatant cruelty and violence, the sport is considered by many to be a cultural tradition, and even an art form, and has thus evaded scrutiny in Spain.

In 2013, Spain's parliament bestowed “cultural heritage” status on bullfighting, making it nearly impossible for bans to be put in place. However, recent polls have shown that 75 percent of Spaniards have not attended a bullfight in the past five years, and that only 29 percent are in favor of it at all.

Any activity in which an animal suffers and dies in the name of entertainment ought to be considered inhumane. Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.

Write to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) — the organization promoting global peace and collaboration — asking them to encourage Spain not to endorse bullfighting as a cultural heritage practice and to see it for what it truly is: blatant animal cruelty.

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Dear UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova:

As a concerned animal advocate, I am writing to address the ongoing issue of bullfighting being accepted as a legitimate cultural tradition.

Although bullfighting is seen by many as cultural heritage dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, I see it as nothing more than pure animal cruelty. The fact is, injuries and casualties are inevitable in bullfighting. The animal is always killed either during the event or after, and the bullfighter often sustains serious injuries.

I cannot see the purpose in an activity that leaves animals and humans bloodied and wounded. And there is simply no excuse for treating an innocent animal like a spectacle for human entertainment.

Please do not recognize bullfighting as a legitimate sport anywhere, regardless of tradition. It's plain cruelty and nothing more.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Mar 31, 2015 Ingrid Lambert
Mar 31, 2015 Sónia Raimundo
Mar 31, 2015 Karen Scrivner
Mar 31, 2015 Shadoe Drury
Mar 31, 2015 Sandy Gilford
Mar 31, 2015 Jaq Sampson
Mar 31, 2015 marianna guseva
Mar 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 Suzanne Harris
Mar 30, 2015 Kirsten Jany
Mar 30, 2015 Marvin and Heather Durbin
Mar 30, 2015 Bhavik Oza
Mar 30, 2015 Gill Dunlop
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 Sherri Bonham
Mar 30, 2015 Alison Baker
Mar 30, 2015 nicolette salerno
Mar 30, 2015 craig milne
Mar 30, 2015 Laura Nicholls This should have been banned years ago, it is wrong to would and kill.
Mar 30, 2015 Caroline Burton
Mar 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2015 an honig
Mar 29, 2015 angelica vazquez
Mar 29, 2015 Theresa Myklebust This is so cruel, please stop
Mar 29, 2015 Laura Healy Deliberately maiming and killing animals for sport is reprehensible.
Mar 29, 2015 Agnes Wierzbicka
Mar 29, 2015 Jamie Johnson
Mar 29, 2015 Rosa Corgatelli
Mar 29, 2015 Paula Curl
Mar 29, 2015 Christine Rosko Bullfighting is cruel and inhumane.
Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Beverley Crawford
Mar 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
Mar 28, 2015 debbie caraballo
Mar 28, 2015 Julia Arencibia
Mar 28, 2015 Dalila Rodriguez
Mar 28, 2015 Mary Dorazio
Mar 28, 2015 Erma Huntley Rhodes
Mar 28, 2015 Ginny Lionatto
Mar 28, 2015 Cindy Harper
Mar 28, 2015 Sandra Watson Out dated . Cruel
Mar 28, 2015 Goran Jović
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) show me a culture that promotes this and you will see major problems within it .
Mar 27, 2015 Fernanda Casaccio
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 Judirh Heeschen
Mar 27, 2015 Mrs H.P. Divov Just because bullfighting has been considered a cultural tradition does not make it okay - Surely we have advanced beyond that - Perhaps we should go back to burning witches as well
Mar 27, 2015 Judy Zoerman

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