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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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,

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May 26, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden Sick, barbaric and twisted. I refuse point blank to pity any fighter/supporter etc. etc.that is injured or killed. They fully deserve it. RIP poor gorgeous innocent bulls. We're fighting for you.
May 26, 2018 Sandrine Drouet
May 26, 2018 josilda josilda
May 25, 2018 Roberta Campbell
May 25, 2018 Theresa Rose
May 25, 2018 Lynne Wolf
May 25, 2018 Karena Kirk-Drain
May 25, 2018 Elisabeth Klein
May 25, 2018 Matteo Sisti
May 25, 2018 Diane Kelley Have we not evolved to realize how sick this is? It is totally inhumane and cruel and no modern country should condone this barbarism. Please end this immediately and develop more positive cultural activities.
May 25, 2018 Yvonne Fast
May 25, 2018 Kelly Twat
May 25, 2018 Julie Rubio
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May 25, 2018 Gilberto Simao
May 25, 2018 Tamara Hutelmyer
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May 25, 2018 Judy Head
May 25, 2018 Natasja Welthagen
May 25, 2018 Mary Massey
May 25, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 25, 2018 Mervi Lampinen
May 25, 2018 Jacqueline Godbout
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May 24, 2018 Connie Celestino
May 24, 2018 Brennan Carin
May 24, 2018 SIMONI Kapa
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May 24, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 24, 2018 Jura monsma
May 24, 2018 NADINE SPANIER
May 24, 2018 Polina Plisova
May 24, 2018 Carolyn Balls
May 24, 2018 Alan Edgerton
May 24, 2018 Carol DiSibio
May 24, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
May 24, 2018 Andrea Tuckett
May 23, 2018 Shannah Tenner
May 23, 2018 Barbara Czarnocka Just because something was done for centuries doesn’t mean it should continue
May 23, 2018 Linda Luke
May 23, 2018 BEATRICE BERTAUX
May 23, 2018 Mark Nell A vile and sadistic display from cowardly sub human filth.
May 23, 2018 Denise Dynan
May 23, 2018 John Smith
May 23, 2018 Priscilla Lopes
May 23, 2018 Karen Cosyn
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May 23, 2018 joe collins
May 23, 2018 Ruth Umayan

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