Ban Barbaric Bullfighting and End Torturous Execution for Entertainment

Target: Efraín Cepeda, President of the Congress and the Senate of Colombia

Goal: Eradicate practices that maim and kill thousands of bulls yearly.

Colombia is concluding what may be one of its final bullfighting seasons. Disheartened by the country’s lift of a bullfighting ban in capital city Bogota, protesters have made powerful and vivid statements, including forming the shape of a bloody bull with their bodies. The Colombian government has responded to this and other symbolic protests by calling upon its legislature to settle the fate of this long-standing, torture-steeped tradition once and for all.

The life of a fighting bull could provide the narrative for any tragedy. These animals are raised on breeding grounds for one inevitable fate: brutal death. Before they enter the bullfighting ring for the first and likely final time, each bull is tested to determine its level of aggression and fighting instincts. When the bull is deemed ready, it is trotted out into the arena to face the matador—the bullfighter who wields a red cape, not to anger the bull, but to hide the many bloodstains that will soon cover it. In the first stages of the ‘fight,’ the matador riles the bull; torture is saved for the second act. During this stage,  the matador and aides slice at the bull’s neck in order to weaken it through loss of blood. Barbed sticks further compound the animal’s pain and weakness. In many instances, horses are brought into the arena to serve as bait and sacrificial lambs for the bull. This is all set-up for the big finale, where the matador displays his ‘valor’ by taking a sword and stabbing it through the bull’s heart. For his alleged bravery, the matador often receives a prize such as the dead bull’s ear. The rest of the murdered animal is dragged to a slaughterhouse, where it will be used as dog food or, increasingly, as meat for human consumption.

An estimated 250,000 bulls meet this grisly end every year. Colombia remains one of only eight countries that still enable this horrendous practice. Sign the petition below to demand Colombia legislators do the right thing and abolish these acts of animal cruelty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Cepeda,

A well-known former Colombian bullfighter—an individual who can understand this tradition better than most— made a powerful transformation after suffering a devastating injury during a fight. Faced with his deep wounds, he reflected how these injuries mirrored the same wounds he had inflicted on countless animals during his career. His story had a more positive outcome, however, because he lived to tell his tale. He lived to take a stand against the very practice that had defined so much of his life.

Bullfighting is a tradition in your country, but for whom is this tradition really intended? It is not for the middle and lower classes who cannot afford the expensive tickets associated with bullfighting. Neither is it for the scores of young people who fill the streets to voice their passionate opposition to a practice they feel no longer reflects them or their values. The increasingly empty stands of elites should be your strongest indication that while bullfighting may be this country’s past, it does not inform the future.

When you decide the fate of bullfighting within the next year, please join the many other cultures and countries that have affirmed vicious animal cruelty has no place in their paths forward.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marcus Obal

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6 Comments

  1. END ALL BULLFIGHTING TO BE HUMANE TO THE BULLS NOW.

  2. FOR ALL OF THESE INSANE, RUTHLESS AND INHUMANE BREED SOMEONE FORGOT MAIN THINGS IN HUMANES EDUCATION. WHO IS IT?

    ALL THAT  BARBARIC  MUD AND RESPONSIBLE  NONPERSONS  ARE SENSELESS FOR ALL OTHER TERRESTRIALS – SUSPEND THEM OF ALL HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS!
    THE INHUMANE and BARBARIC ASSHOLE – STYLE HAS TO STOP!
    STOP THE ASSHOLE-STYLE, AND BAN INHUMANITY – PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THIS KIND OF BARBARISM AGAINST LIVING CREATURES IS LESS THAN INHUMANE AND MUST HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CRIMINAL RABBLE, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!
    THE RESPONSIBLE LAWMAKERS FROM THE LAST DECADES WILL CATCH A PLACE IN HISTORY FOR THE WORST DUMB DESTROYERS ON OUR PLANET EVER!

  3. WHO THE HELL ON EARTH CONSIDERED THIS MASSIVE CRUELTY DONE ON HELPLESS, DEFENSELESS, GENTLE BULLS CALLS A “SPORT”…THAT BRAIN DAMAGED PSYCHOTIC INDIVIDUALS WHO ONCE CREATED THIS, MAY BE NOW BURNING IN HELL FOR SURE..” EVERY ACT OF CRUELTY TOWARDS ANY CREATURE IS CONTRARY TO HUMAN DIGNITY” – POPE FRANCIS-

  4. Tina shurtleff says:

    It’s past time to end this barbaric sick sport for human entertainment. Also the torture and killing of greyhounds. End these atrocities against innocent animals

  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  6. si, espero que se vaya icardi, es un gran matador, pero no forma parte del juego de lequipo, a mi me gustan mas los delanteros polivalentes como benzema, no he visto a este chico pero parece ser un gran prospecto.

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