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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 Such an outdated sport has no place in modern society.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

Apr 26, 2017 Kelli Sheflin
Apr 26, 2017 Lin Koester
Apr 26, 2017 Alysa Waring
Apr 26, 2017 Malissa Crandall Please STOP the ABUSE!!
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) This blood sport continues to make me sick to my stomach. The sheer thought of it makes my blood boil. This is all done for human entertainment ONLY! Let's not try and say it's for tradition. Our past has proven we do sick things for tradition.
Apr 26, 2017 Jessenda Swartzwelder
Apr 25, 2017 Susan Fontanes
Apr 25, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Apr 24, 2017 Pat Redner
Apr 24, 2017 Patricia Stern
Apr 24, 2017 Beth Bartels
Apr 24, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Apr 24, 2017 Luisa Melo
Apr 24, 2017 Stacey Lightfoot
Apr 24, 2017 Julie Christopherson Cultural and historical and no reason to continue this barbaric practice! It's cruel and disgusting!
Apr 23, 2017 Kim Williams
Apr 23, 2017 Debbie Reed
Apr 22, 2017 Tobin Barnecut
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Bennett
Apr 21, 2017 Jennifer Hurlburt
Apr 21, 2017 Eileen Easton
Apr 21, 2017 Jill Kuch
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 graciela kries
Apr 21, 2017 Evelyn Villegas
Apr 20, 2017 Parri Assem
Apr 20, 2017 christene pinter Child slavery, female genital mutilation, and the selling of young girls to older men could also be considered cultural traditions that exploit innocent and powerless victims. Cruelty is inhumane regardless of whom it's directed at, and it must stop.
Apr 20, 2017 patrick zemp
Apr 20, 2017 Nina Røstad
Apr 19, 2017 Dawn Ciszar
Apr 19, 2017 Rachael Smith
Apr 19, 2017 Priscilla Auger
Apr 19, 2017 C Marais
Apr 19, 2017 Tina Eakin
Apr 18, 2017 Kim Lacost
Apr 18, 2017 Colleen Bashore
Apr 18, 2017 Amanda Hanson
Apr 17, 2017 Mitra Pejman
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 16, 2017 Nellie Rando
Apr 16, 2017 Jennifer Phillips
Apr 16, 2017 Mary Sosa
Apr 15, 2017 Susan Adolph
Apr 15, 2017 Mari Dominguez
Apr 15, 2017 Marg Anne Quinn
Apr 15, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Apr 14, 2017 Amy Borror
Apr 14, 2017 Darleen Cox
Apr 14, 2017 Deb Powell

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