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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Aug 23, 2017 Mary Mand
Aug 23, 2017 Judith Meikle I would not trust myself if I met a person that did these atrocities to the bulls.
Aug 23, 2017 Marion Weston
Aug 23, 2017 Maria Schulz
Aug 23, 2017 Robert M/Carol G Reed
Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Aug 23, 2017 Heather Gutierrez
Aug 23, 2017 Martha Wallace
Aug 23, 2017 S Murphy
Aug 22, 2017 Laurie Fisher
Aug 22, 2017 Olivia Seynaeve
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please ban this barbaric , cruel excuse for the name of sport !
Aug 22, 2017 Lynne Cameron Will never visit Spain till the animal cruelty stops. Bullfighting is cruel, evil and cowardly. Only ignorant morons would pay to watch a clown torturing and killing a bull. What a bunch of losers. Scum of the earth.
Aug 22, 2017 Christine Wells
Aug 22, 2017 Janice lorenzetti
Aug 22, 2017 Simone Duffin
Aug 22, 2017 Sarah DuBois we are forming an international BOYCOTT of travel to your country until this is abolished.
Aug 22, 2017 R Elaine Evans
Aug 22, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 22, 2017 Cindy Potter
Aug 22, 2017 Marie Mcghee
Aug 22, 2017 Sue Holdsworth
Aug 22, 2017 Ionela Ciornei
Aug 22, 2017 Pam Fioretti
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 Rocio Salazar
Aug 21, 2017 Ometh Layton
Aug 21, 2017 Nelly Lopez
Aug 21, 2017 Tatiana Torres
Aug 21, 2017 Shirley Holman This is not running; it is not sport; it is CRUELTY. This must STOP!!!
Aug 21, 2017 Jean-Pierre SARAN
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 Patricia Tarantino
Aug 21, 2017 Maralyn James
Aug 21, 2017 Cristina Puiggròs
Aug 21, 2017 Marcy Chamblin
Aug 21, 2017 Debroah McGonigle
Aug 21, 2017 kim Verbeke
Aug 21, 2017 Sonia Santos
Aug 21, 2017 Gez Rodgers
Aug 21, 2017 Cathleen Lambert
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 Alex Russell
Aug 21, 2017 Gail Farmer
Aug 21, 2017 Eduardo marcelo Gorriaran aldrovandi
Aug 21, 2017 Lars Olsson
Aug 21, 2017 Delicia Burnell
Aug 21, 2017 Gelisa Rivera
Aug 21, 2017 Lynne Miles

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