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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.

According to stopbullfighting.org [1], an activist organization that collects information and raises awareness of bullfighting issues, while the bulls may seem quite vicious in the ring, they are anything but.

"The bull has wet newspapers stuffed into his ears; vaseline is rubbed into his eyes to blur his vision; cotton is stuffed up his nostrils to cut off his respiration and a needle is stuck into his genitals," the nonprofit site maintains.

In fact, bulls aren't temperamental, deadly beasts outside of the ring, either.

As zoologist Jordi Casamitjana told Humane Society International [2], bulls are “very peaceful animals that spend most of their live[s] eating grass, sleeping and playing with each other."

Weaponry is foregone for urban architecture and evasion in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls, but that doesn't mean the animals fare much better. The savage spectacle attracts tourists from all over Europe, Australia, and North America, with the promise of an adventure that smacks of an Ernest Hemingway short story. According to the League Against Cruel Sports [3], after being tormented with gunshots and electrocuted with cattle prods hose bulls that aren't seriously injured in the kilometer run to the corrida are subsequently killed in the fights that culminate the event.

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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.

Sign to tell Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain, and José Ignacio Wert Ortega, Minister of Culture, that protecting bullfighting as a cultural heritage practice is effectively handing over a death sentence to hundreds of thousands of bulls every year, and a testament to blatant animal cruelty.

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Dear Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain, and José Ignacio Wert Ortega, Minister of Culture,

The cruel sport of bullfighting, and events like the yearly spectacle in Pamplona, serve no purpose but to taunt and murder bulls. And I entreat you, as leaders of one of the otherwise most advanced and enlightened countries in the world, to ban these events immediately.

The romanticized imagery of a brave matador exchanging attacks with a ferocious bull is exactly that--bull. There is no unprompted malice in these magnificent creatures, and no reason to continue slaughtering them in countless savage so-called "fights."

The bulls are hardly the vicious beasts they are made out to be, and the matadors not as unimpeachably courageous as tradition would have us believe. Several sources have exposed the dubious pre-fight preparations of the bulls, which include stuffing newspapers into the bull's ears, rubbing their eyes with petroleum jelly to leave them partially blind, and cutting off their oxygen and sense of smell with cotton stuffed their nostrils. In some cases, the bull's genitals are even pierced with a needle.

Weaponry is foregone for urban architecture and evasion in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls, but that doesn't mean the animals fare much better. The savage spectacle attracts tourists from all over Europe, Australia, and North America, with the promise of an adventure that smacks of an Ernest Hemingway short story. According to the League Against Cruel Sports, after being tormented with gunshots and electrocuted with cattle prods. those bulls that aren't seriously injured in the kilometer run to the corrida are subsequently killed in the fights that culminate the event.

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.

I demand you make the only compassionate decision and ban bullfighting and running with the bulls immediately. It is in your power to make a historic gesture toward these animals the likes of which other countries that allow bullfighting have never before seen, and will undoubtedly model.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Oct 17, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Oct 17, 2017 sue filley
Oct 16, 2017 Kelly Hahn
Oct 16, 2017 LORI MCCAULIFF
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Oct 15, 2017 Sharron Duthie
Oct 14, 2017 Maureen Wheeler
Oct 14, 2017 Wendy Doyle
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Oct 14, 2017 marie charbonnier
Oct 14, 2017 Sue Hayes
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Carolyn Smith
Oct 13, 2017 ilene Phillips
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop the promotion of violence. This is not art or a cultural experience any longer - it is just cruel and dangerous for all involved.
Oct 12, 2017 Heidi Oberst
Oct 12, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Oct 11, 2017 paula nichols
Oct 11, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Oct 11, 2017 GIGI LIEBENTHAL
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Oct 10, 2017 Lisa Nash
Oct 9, 2017 Theresa Crovello
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Oct 8, 2017 Cathleen Gorden
Oct 8, 2017 Elise Caplan
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Oct 7, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 6, 2017 Louise Moore
Oct 6, 2017 Sue Pankhurst
Oct 6, 2017 Brenda Roy
Oct 6, 2017 Sonja Elidottir
Oct 5, 2017 MaryJo DeGiuseppi
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