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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 19, 2018 Felecia Woody
Feb 19, 2018 Traci Moreno
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Dunne
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 19, 2018 Elona Ertner
Feb 19, 2018 Pamela Llewellyn
Feb 19, 2018 Vicki Parker
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Susan Jenkins
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Williams
Feb 19, 2018 Renee Thomas
Feb 19, 2018 Boris Nilsson
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 17, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Feb 17, 2018 kathy mcnally
Feb 17, 2018 Arleen Otto Papula Heart wrenching to imagine the torture tthat these Bulls sustain and then they die. Please abolish this savagery 😡😡😡😡😡.
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Sonia Nayyar
Feb 16, 2018 Kristine Renick
Feb 16, 2018 REBECCA AHLSTROM My entire life I have fought against the cruelty of bull-fighting. These majestic creatures should be valued and respected! BULL-FIGHTING IS INTOLERABLE AND CONSIDERING IT A SPORT IS JUST MIND-BOGGLING TO ME!
Feb 16, 2018 Tanja Gistl
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Carole Gaerte
Feb 15, 2018 Brenda Frey
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2018 Gwendolyn Poe
Feb 15, 2018 Bunnie Striggow Beyond sick ...plz stop hurting innocent animals..this is horrible and my wish is this would happen to the people who do this...Karma...so sad making these animals suffer!
Feb 15, 2018 Carolyn Crawford
Feb 15, 2018 Sharon Croom
Feb 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) I don't like bull fighting.
Feb 15, 2018 Ann Plimpton
Feb 15, 2018 Pat Fay
Feb 15, 2018 Rosemarie Hughes
Feb 15, 2018 Allison Bergeron
Feb 14, 2018 veronique Charvet
Feb 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 14, 2018 Carol Felicello
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Keith Cliver Bull fighting is out dated, barbaric & nothing but animal torture for human "Entertainment" Kill the bullfighter, not the bull!
Feb 12, 2018 Bonnie Farmer
Feb 12, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 12, 2018 catherine szabelski

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