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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


May 21, 2018 Kristin Mott
May 21, 2018 Monique Jansen
May 21, 2018 Massimo Savigni
May 21, 2018 jole Lheureux
May 21, 2018 Birgit Wasielewski Hört auf damit...sofort
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Tammy Fleischer
May 21, 2018 Amy Kubin
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Gilbert
May 21, 2018 Tova Cohen
May 21, 2018 rox marsau
May 21, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
May 21, 2018 Sally Sharp
May 21, 2018 Darlene Blakely
May 21, 2018 Catherine Wilcox Shame! No fun for the innocent bulls who are tormented in public & then killed!!!
May 21, 2018 Sanja vaecic
May 21, 2018 Héctor Alfonso
May 21, 2018 Margarida Valadao
May 21, 2018 jovita prinz
May 21, 2018 Claire loridan
May 21, 2018 Ainga Dobbelaere
May 21, 2018 lucia fabbo
May 20, 2018 Delene Swanepoel
May 20, 2018 Raluca Constantin
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Rachel Govender
May 20, 2018 Nadia Gibbs
May 20, 2018 Aurora Bulea
May 20, 2018 Antonio Lucchetto
May 20, 2018 Oleg Varanitsa
May 20, 2018 Kate Ionina
May 20, 2018 Susan Navidad
May 20, 2018 Vicki Peters Publicly torturing an animal for public entertainment is a deeply disturbing practice that reflects our ignorance, lack of values and compassion.
May 20, 2018 Ann Marie MENDRALA Barbaric and should be STOP forever. Just to kill a magnificent animal for sport is HORRIFIC and EVIL!
May 20, 2018 rita pissens
May 20, 2018 Karin Lipensky
May 20, 2018 Brenda Hartman
May 20, 2018 Lilia Casarez
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Christine Duffff
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) It is far past time to be done with this archaic barbarism. Ban this cruelty immediately!
May 20, 2018 Roberta Claypool
May 20, 2018 Cristina Jercan
May 20, 2018 Kathleen Mann
May 20, 2018 Emilia Gersick
May 20, 2018 Susan Furman This is a disgusting display of animal abuse and cruelty. The world is watching how you treat animals.
May 20, 2018 Viviann Harvey STOP THIS UGLY, CRUEL ATROCITY! SAVAGE, VIOLENT PEOPLE DO THIS KIND OF CRUELTY! STOP THIS HORRIBLE "game"
May 20, 2018 Nelson Nunes
May 20, 2018 Frances Gower

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