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Bullfighting Is Nothing More Than Cruelty

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Bullfighting is animal cruelty, not entertainment!

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.

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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.

Write to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) — the organization promoting global peace and collaboration — asking them to encourage Spain not to endorse bullfighting as a cultural heritage practice and to see it for what it truly is: blatant animal cruelty.


In a traditional bullfight, a bull is first forced into the arena and taunted by a matador with a cape. Next, multiple men on horses drive lances into the bull's back and neck in order to impair its range of motion and encourage as much blood loss as possible. The bull is then stabbed with brightly colored darts before being rejoined in the ring by the matador, who provokes the dying animal and attempts to deliver the deathblow with his sword. Even if the matador is unsuccessful, executioners slaughter the bull after the fight.

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The Petition:

Dear UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova:

As a concerned animal advocate, I am writing to address the ongoing issue of bullfighting being accepted as a legitimate cultural tradition.

Although bullfighting is seen by many as cultural heritage dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, I see it as nothing more than pure animal cruelty. The fact is, injuries and casualties are inevitable in bullfighting. The animal is always killed either during the event or after, and the bullfighter often sustains serious injuries.

I cannot see the purpose in an activity that leaves animals and humans bloodied and wounded. And there is simply no excuse for treating an innocent animal like a spectacle for human entertainment.

Please do not recognize bullfighting as a legitimate sport anywhere, regardless of tradition. It's plain cruelty and nothing more.

Thank you.

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Thanks to everyone who spoke out against bullfighting in Spain! We're now taking a stand against both bull fighting and running with bulls. Join the new fight to protect bulls and end this cruel bloodsport here: http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/bull-fighting-running/