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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 Nancy Cockett
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 16, 2017 Sandy Poole
Jan 16, 2017 Richard Smith
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Geerings
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 15, 2017 Matia Chartum
Jan 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Jan 14, 2017 Rebecca Breitenkamp This is beyond cruel! I became a vegetarian after seeing pictures of a bullfight. It is horrible! End it, please! I know it is a tradition and a cultural event, but it needs to stop!
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 D Rigdon
Jan 12, 2017 dan murphy
Jan 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Mary Prelovsky
Jan 11, 2017 Przemysław Gola
Jan 11, 2017 Patryk Gola
Jan 11, 2017 Patti Mealy
Jan 11, 2017 Sandra Veillette Bullfighting should be abolished from the entire planet. Tradition is just an excuse for cruelty.
Jan 11, 2017 Lynn Helton
Jan 8, 2017 Andrea Klick
Jan 7, 2017 Betina Leme
Jan 6, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Jan 6, 2017 Jan Horwitz
Jan 5, 2017 Debz Jones
Jan 5, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Jan 5, 2017 sheryl joyce
Jan 5, 2017 melissa mortenson
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2017 Thomas David
Jan 4, 2017 Katie Pilkington
Jan 3, 2017 Rose Minasian
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Mar Do
Jan 3, 2017 Kristin Beauchamp
Jan 3, 2017 Ellie Toman
Jan 3, 2017 Paula Lewis
Jan 3, 2017 Russell Riley
Jan 3, 2017 Gabi Harper
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) Bullfighting is disgraceful and barbaric!Should be outlawed!
Jan 3, 2017 cristina rodriguez
Jan 3, 2017 Nancy Fleming
Jan 2, 2017 Sherril Longano
Jan 1, 2017 Gloria Navan The animals do not have a chance. This is a cowardly exhibition.

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