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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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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Jul 22, 2018 Karen Rome
Jul 22, 2018 Emma Brine
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
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Jul 20, 2018 Helena Tapper
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Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Robert Stroud
Jul 19, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Heather Soltesz The matadors are sick people.
Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 18, 2018 Diane Lilly
Jul 18, 2018 Gabrielle Huang
Jul 18, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
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Jul 18, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 18, 2018 Sue King There is unavoidable suffering in the world - please stop adding to it by allowing this cruelty to continue.
Jul 17, 2018 Katia Pastorello
Jul 17, 2018 Peter Fell
Jul 17, 2018 Sherri Young
Jul 17, 2018 Marsha Cruea
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt
Jul 17, 2018 Shirley Dilbeck
Jul 17, 2018 Jean Diamond
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Jul 17, 2018 Mary Lou Salatino
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Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Salivar-Keene
Jul 17, 2018 Rosemary Lojo Rn
Jul 17, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Jul 17, 2018 Laura McGhie This is so cruel and barbaric, especially since public awareness has been heightened. Torturing a magnificent, stoic animal like this is evil. Please make bull torturing and murder a thing of the past.
Jul 17, 2018 Sian Street
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Jul 17, 2018 Christopher Clark
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Jul 17, 2018 Christine Snyder
Jul 17, 2018 Giselle White
Jul 17, 2018 Misty Holke
Jul 17, 2018 Barbara Swinderman
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Jul 17, 2018 J. Dunz
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic

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