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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Teri Tosdale
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Leslie Low
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Sasha Patrick
Jun 17, 2018 Magdalena Borkowska
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Carolina Costa
Jun 11, 2018 Brianna Onken
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Malva McIntosh
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 judith goldberg
Jun 10, 2018 Thomas friedman
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 10, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Jun 8, 2018 Theresa Stasiw
Jun 8, 2018 Maria L Hernandez
Jun 7, 2018 Anita Carter
Jun 7, 2018 Liliane Morin
Jun 7, 2018 Linda Millar
Jun 7, 2018 Donna Kurtz How people can derive pleasure out of seeing another being suffer is beyond me!
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Renate Chappell
Jun 5, 2018 Christopher Dean HORRENDOUS ARCHAIC EVIL !!!
Jun 5, 2018 DAWN Felton
Jun 5, 2018 Jennifer Conway
Jun 5, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 4, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 4, 2018 Vanessa Walker
Jun 3, 2018 Pat Griffey
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 Teri Thompson
Jun 2, 2018 Mark Osborn
Jun 1, 2018 Sherri Hickman
Jun 1, 2018 Megan Sykes This is not culture, this is animal cruelty. It's all fun and games for the supporters until the matador is injured or killed. What do you expect a bull to do when it's being taunted and tortured? Ignorant, idiotic people.
Jun 1, 2018 Lauren-Michelle Kraft
Jun 1, 2018 Stacey Wolfe
May 31, 2018 Jennifer McDaniel
May 31, 2018 Jean Clark KILLING FOR FUN & ENTERTAINMENT INNOCENT ANIMALS IS EXTREME ANIMAL ABUSE! STOP IT NOW!!!
May 31, 2018 T Boettger
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 31, 2018 Lindsay Sworthout
May 31, 2018 Martha Eberle
May 31, 2018 Joanne Patton
May 31, 2018 Bonnie Smith "Tradition" is no reason to continue to subject bulls to essentially undergo a "death of a thousand cuts." Please be compassionate, and end this practice. Thank you!

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