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5/21/2014: For the first time in 35 years, a bullfight at Plaza de las Ventas, Madrid's premier bullring, was called off after all three fighters were gored in just one session. Amazingly, though the incident has sparked alarm around the world, it has done little to change Spain's apathetic attitude toward this gruesome sport. Sign below to tell Spain that brutal events like these do not go unnoticed!
Goal: 75,000 Progress: 63,584
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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.

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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

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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.

Petition Signatures

Oct 28, 2016 Kristen Rankle
Oct 28, 2016 Patricia Schneider
Oct 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is nothing but barbaric! Cruelty to animals should never be tolerated. This is an inhumane practice.
Oct 28, 2016 ANITA DEFALCO This is NOT a sport if one side always ends in death! How barbaric!
Oct 28, 2016 Kathleen Polosky
Oct 28, 2016 Karin Schultz Bull fighting is cruel and inhumane.
Oct 26, 2016 Melissa Suarez
Oct 26, 2016 Ingrid Bichler
Oct 26, 2016 Margy Renner
Oct 26, 2016 Paul McDermott Jr.
Oct 25, 2016 Lori Romeo
Oct 25, 2016 Leslie Scott
Oct 22, 2016 Judith Vincent
Oct 21, 2016 Tina Brewster
Oct 21, 2016 Tatiana Ioannidou
Oct 21, 2016 Jutta Mustakallio
Oct 21, 2016 Mansat Corinne
Oct 20, 2016 Diane Myers
Oct 20, 2016 Gina Goff Please stop this NOW!!!
Oct 20, 2016 David and Suzanne Herr
Oct 20, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Oct 20, 2016 Jenifer Wiley
Oct 20, 2016 Susan Ellis
Oct 20, 2016 Majbritt Engbo Nielsen
Oct 19, 2016 Vicki Surma
Oct 18, 2016 Misha Long
Oct 17, 2016 Dorothy St.Cyr
Oct 17, 2016 E Herman The manner in which a people treat their animals is a reflection on their entire society. Is this inhumane treatment of bulls how Spain wants to be known? STOP this abusive "tradition" NOW! It's the right thing to do.
Oct 17, 2016 Wendy Lukowitz
Oct 17, 2016 rox elmirage
Oct 17, 2016 robbin miitree
Oct 17, 2016 Indu Saxena
Oct 16, 2016 Anthony Hostetter
Oct 16, 2016 Gail McElrath
Oct 16, 2016 Danuta Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Lisa Click
Oct 16, 2016 Sue Hinkle
Oct 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2016 Rochelle Smith
Oct 14, 2016 Laudiceia Fonseca
Oct 14, 2016 Richard Rosenheim Please understand that this is not the year 1525. People have evolved and have become civilized. Bullfighting is extremely primitive, unfair and cruel. This is animal cruelty and abuse at the highest definition.
Oct 14, 2016 sharon vander pool
Oct 14, 2016 Kimberly Stiles
Oct 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2016 Sharon Fulks
Oct 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2016 Marc van de Waarseenburg

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