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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Jun 29, 2016 Pamela Llewellyn
Jun 29, 2016 Gemma Smith
Jun 29, 2016 Bob Bellamy
Jun 29, 2016 A. Bascove
Jun 28, 2016 Christine Young
Jun 28, 2016 Raeven Hernandez
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Jun 26, 2016 Maria Basilico
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 23, 2016 April Narramore
Jun 23, 2016 Chere Conner
Jun 23, 2016 Catherine Krug I travel to Europe frequently but never to Spain because I am so appalled by this barbaric practice.
Jun 23, 2016 Tricia Hamilton
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 Charlotte Gressett
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
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Jun 22, 2016 KIM ATROSH
Jun 22, 2016 Kimberley Leal Carrizo
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 20, 2016 Sage Kara
Jun 20, 2016 Rita Hammond
Jun 19, 2016 Jane Kohan
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Jun 19, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 18, 2016 Kenneth Rinard
Jun 18, 2016 Margaret Ellis
Jun 18, 2016 Katarina Lang
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 16, 2016 Christine Higgins
Jun 16, 2016 Brycelyn Pirtle
Jun 15, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 15, 2016 Charlynn Moore
Jun 15, 2016 JoAnn Evans
Jun 14, 2016 sharon gooding
Jun 14, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Trotti It is just another group of sick twisted maniacs!
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Berger
Jun 12, 2016 Nathalie NOEL
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Jun 10, 2016 Alyta Adams
Jun 9, 2016 Catherine Goolsby
Jun 9, 2016 Melinda Robbins
Jun 9, 2016 Mark Turner
Jun 8, 2016 Mark Berriman
Jun 8, 2016 Jessica Sweet

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