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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Sep 20, 2017 Christine Wright
Sep 19, 2017 Faze Myri
Sep 19, 2017 Margret Weissenbacher
Sep 18, 2017 jules JAIN
Sep 17, 2017 Maria Humphrey
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Liliana Dulgheroiu
Sep 15, 2017 Selena Harrison
Sep 15, 2017 Erin Ryan Animals should never be used for human entertainment. What you do to these poor creatures is immoral and sick.
Sep 15, 2017 Amber Ford
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Lesley Thomas
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 mary pattison
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 13, 2017 Denise Griffin
Sep 13, 2017 Lorraine Costea
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 13, 2017 Maria Manzo
Sep 13, 2017 Pam Sheeler
Sep 13, 2017 jane Leavitt
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 Dawn Carter
Sep 13, 2017 Kim Hanke
Sep 13, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 13, 2017 Robin Mayne
Sep 13, 2017 marianne willemse
Sep 13, 2017 carla renders
Sep 12, 2017 Raleigh koritz
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham Yes and there is also a cruel practise of terrorizing n chasing them in water beating kicking pouring alcohol down their throats n then Brutally killing then after hrs of torture-SICK
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 9, 2017 Joseph Maggiore
Sep 9, 2017 Kristie Hatton
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Sep 7, 2017 Jack Martin
Sep 7, 2017 John Ingram
Sep 7, 2017 Linda Cook
Sep 6, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox
Sep 6, 2017 Rene Succa-Ruston I am Spanish and I reject the idea that this hideous activity is "cultural". It is ignorant.
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins

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