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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Aug 22, 2014 Nancy Jeffrey Bullfighting is cruel! Animals should be honoured, not brutalized!
Aug 22, 2014 Nelida Ibanez
Aug 22, 2014 Heather Martin
Aug 22, 2014 linda parker
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Foster
Aug 22, 2014 sandi krawecki
Aug 22, 2014 Synthia Smith
Aug 22, 2014 Terri Collett This sport is cruelty at its highest and should be banned.
Aug 21, 2014 Frank Kling
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Angela Roberts
Aug 21, 2014 jewel valmont
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Sarah Addis
Aug 21, 2014 Marisa Greene
Aug 21, 2014 Fabienne Thurnherr
Aug 21, 2014 Josilene Queiroz do Nascimento Jôsi Nascimento
Aug 21, 2014 Nicole Veracruz
Aug 21, 2014 Tammy Engelbach
Aug 21, 2014 Doreen Sevilla
Aug 21, 2014 JUDY ESTEVES
Aug 21, 2014 Yves Garin
Aug 21, 2014 Paola Frignani
Aug 20, 2014 caroline meyer
Aug 20, 2014 Holly Kasten I don't understand how this is legal. Pathetic excuse for a sport.
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Jacqueline Vann
Aug 20, 2014 Rebecca White
Aug 20, 2014 judi martin
Aug 20, 2014 Guadalupe Sanchez
Aug 20, 2014 D.M. Hazlitt
Aug 20, 2014 Susan Prewitt
Aug 20, 2014 Susan Kinrade
Aug 20, 2014 melissa hagen
Aug 20, 2014 Sonia Frontera
Aug 20, 2014 Nancy Eckert
Aug 20, 2014 Jamie Patricia Misch Please,we need to protect these animals and stop causing harm to them because of our selfish needs and wants. Thank you
Aug 20, 2014 siegfried schwarz
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Jane Wells
Aug 20, 2014 Julie Capps
Aug 20, 2014 Susan Hopkins
Aug 20, 2014 Lori Rodriguez Matadors are just A bunch of cowards!
Aug 20, 2014 Eileen Zohdi So disgusting, how dare you!
Aug 20, 2014 Lesley Zimmermann
Aug 20, 2014 Lissa Moris
Aug 20, 2014 Terry McGregor This is outdated torture and must not survive
Aug 20, 2014 Alexandra Tabler
Aug 20, 2014 Penny Porta
Aug 19, 2014 dhruti shah Stop hurting animals

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