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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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


Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 therese kiefer
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Mary Hatzigiannis
Jan 12, 2018 Crystal Clayton Stop this murder! It is not "culture". It is ABUSE & MURDER! Have the "bull fighters" fight on foot & I promise it will no longer be considered "culture".
Jan 12, 2018 Elsie Sandford There is no excuse for the exhibit of cruelty to animals that is called a 'bull fight'. The animals have no chance of surviving, and are subject to horrendous agony before they die. This is not culture, it's barbarity!
Jan 12, 2018 DEBRA MCCOMBS THIS TOOK MY BREATH AWAY.........OMG HOW CAN HUMANS ACT LIKE THIS TO ANIMALS. IT HAS GOT TO STOP!!!!!
Jan 12, 2018 Elayna Kotsaftis
Jan 12, 2018 Sandra Hricik This practice has gone on long enough in the name of Spanish culture. BS!!!! This is cruel and insane. Stop this torture and barbarism now!!
Jan 12, 2018 Jon Abbey
Jan 12, 2018 Kimberly Loureiro
Jan 11, 2018 Tone Kvalnes
Jan 11, 2018 Victoria Bustamante
Jan 11, 2018 Deborah Karas
Jan 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) CEASE THIS CRUEL TORTURE OF BULLS!! In our modern times, there is no reason to watch animals being tortured for "fun!" IT MUST STOP! I will not visit Spain, until this has ceased, & will encourage others to boycott Spain, as well.
Jan 9, 2018 Mary Sier
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 Julie Strong
Jan 4, 2018 Kes Wolfe
Jan 4, 2018 Marsha Smith
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed) Cruel, sadistic, barbaric & heartbreaking. I cry for the bulls every time I sign this petition.
Jan 3, 2018 Marisol Ferrin
Jan 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jan 2, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Dec 29, 2017 Bonnie Reeves
Dec 29, 2017 Sherry Nichols
Dec 29, 2017 Judy Budge
Dec 27, 2017 Mike Bogan
Dec 27, 2017 nina hamilton
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 26, 2017 Richard Han
Dec 25, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Dec 25, 2017 Kerisa Morrison hopefully, once the "Ferdinand the bull" movie comes out, it will give a lot more traction to stopping this disgustingly inhumane practice.
Dec 25, 2017 Jackee Goforth
Dec 24, 2017 Diane Best
Dec 23, 2017 Annie Hatzakorzian
Dec 23, 2017 Cindy Shoaf
Dec 23, 2017 Denise De Stefano
Dec 23, 2017 Mafalda Cordeiro de Miranda
Dec 22, 2017 Iris Sinai
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 21, 2017 Yiannis Petrakis
Dec 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2017 Rachel Lanza
Dec 17, 2017 Kayann Ramos
Dec 17, 2017 Noreen Newmark

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