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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Dec 17, 2017 Kayann Ramos
Dec 17, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Dec 17, 2017 Eva Passerini
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 16, 2017 Valeria Ceron
Dec 16, 2017 Anna Rossini
Dec 16, 2017 Helen Auzins
Dec 14, 2017 consuelo crespo
Dec 13, 2017 Anna Stolecka
Dec 13, 2017 Szymon Stolecki
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 12, 2017 Laura Chico
Dec 12, 2017 ANNA BARRANCO
Dec 12, 2017 Jenny Echeverri
Dec 11, 2017 Graciela Patrón
Dec 11, 2017 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
Dec 11, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 11, 2017 denise piccarelli i was jusr talking about this other day! its an abomination!!!
Dec 9, 2017 Dalca Carvalho
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 6, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Just Stop This. Thank you.
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Elsie Brooks some traditions have to stop we don't do blood letting anymore, RIGHT????
Dec 3, 2017 darrel craven
Dec 3, 2017 sarah craven
Dec 3, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Dec 3, 2017 Elena Samoylova
Dec 2, 2017 Joseph Paraszewski 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.
Dec 2, 2017 massimo marchesini
Dec 2, 2017 siegrid berman
Dec 2, 2017 dolores kitney
Dec 1, 2017 shiping zhang
Dec 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 30, 2017 Beatrice Zuin
Nov 28, 2017 Jo Geiler
Nov 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2017 Allan Sykes
Nov 26, 2017 Marta Feio Shame on Portugal for torturing bulls and horses in bullfighting. There is no political will to end the barbaric bullfighting, because the lobby of this industry moves huge money.
Nov 26, 2017 marie ann
Nov 26, 2017 Candice Paulus
Nov 26, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 26, 2017 Ligia Castillo
Nov 25, 2017 Leta Maunz
Nov 25, 2017 Donna Tanner
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 DWAYNE KNIRK
Nov 22, 2017 gina Fogarty

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