Target: Ramón Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the United States
Goal: Urge Spain not to protect – and therefore perpetuate – barbaric bullfights
Bullfights are part of Spain’s cultural heritage, but they are also violent and barbaric. Despite the fact that many areas of Spain have banned bullfights, the Spanish government is set to vote this year on whether or not to protect bullfighting as a national pastime. Sign the petition to tell Spain that bullfighting should be relegated to Spanish history and has no place in modern Spain.
While bullfighting is undoubtedly a strong part of Spanish cultural history, its present position is more contentious–and precarious. In fact, a report by the European Parliament suggests that bullfighting would not even be feasible without subsidies from the European Union. And while some tourists (and locals) continue to flock to bullfights, many others are instead opting out of such a senselessly violent ritual, with a whopping 76% of Spaniards declaring they have “no interest” in bullfighting as a pastime. As a result of this changing sentiment toward bullfights, Catalonia and the Canary Islands recently decided to ban them. The legal protection under consideration would overturn these bans.
Bullfighting, traditional as it may be, constitutes animal cruelty. Bulls are trapped within the arena. They are deliberately provoked and angered, and they slowly become weaker and weaker due to blood loss. They are finally killed before screaming fans.
While tradition is an important part of cultural identity, it should not be paid for with the lives of innocent animals. Bullfighting is a key part of Spain’s history, but it should be relegated to the past, not be encouraged in the present. Sign the petition and tell Spain to do away with bullfighting once and for all.
Bullfights have been an important part of Spain’s culture for centuries–but the time has come to do away with this barbaric ritual. I urge you to oppose measures that will make bullfights a “protected pastime” in Spain.
In recent years, bullfights have come under increased scrutiny, and Catalonia and the Canary Islands have already banned them. The protection proposed would overturn these positive steps. It would instead perpetuate a bloody and violent tradition that makes many people–Spaniards and tourists alike–uncomfortable.
In fact, many sources indicate the bullfights have become so unpopular in recent years that they might not exist at all if not for government subsidies. In fact, 76% of Spain’s population has professed to have no interest in bullfighting. With Spain’s economy suffering as it is, is it really worthwhile to keep a dying industry alive? Instead, Spain can invest its energies and finances into other (nonviolent) industries and tourist attractions.
Spain has many proud traditions and cultural institutions, but animal cruelty is nothing to be proud of. The suffering of living creatures should not be a spectator sport.
Bullfighting will always be a part of Spain’s history, but it does not need to be part of its present. I urge Spain to drop its plans to protect bullfighting as a national pastime.
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