Stop Tormenting Bulls to Death With Swords and Lances for Sport

Target: Richard Ferrand, President of France’s National Assembly

Goal: Ban bullfighting that causes grotesque injuries and a thousand-plus deaths.

A court acknowledged that bullfighting caused “great suffering” that includes grotesque injuries and infections. The instruments of this suffering include swords, lances, and barbed darts. And the outcomes range from debilitating head and neck trauma to death. In France alone, the country where the aforementioned court is located, about 1,000 bulls are killed every year for sport. But after talking about the suffering and cruelty that defines bullfighting, judges at the court in question declared that local customs carry greater weight than animal cruelty. They ruled against the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in a case the animal rights organization brought against a bullfighter for “shocking and barbaric” animal cruelty. Then, to pour salt in the wound of animal welfare advocates everywhere, they ordered the SPA to pay the defendant’s court fees.

This case represents the latest loss in a long battle against French bullfighting. Despite having strong animal cruelty laws for nearly every other class of animal, none of these laws protect vulnerable bulls. In areas where bullfighting has long been practiced, the barbarity of this supposed “entertainment” is exempt from any liability or criminality. The courts will obviously not intervene on behalf of these living beings, so lawmakers must at last take the reins.

Sign the petition below to demand France abolish this sick blood-sport once and for all.


Dear Mr. Ferrand,

Stab wounds, burns, gory infections, broken bones: such injuries inflicted on a wide scale would shock the conscience of any caring person. If you heard that such torturous injuries took the lives of over 1,000 living beings every year, would you be outraged? Would the outrage turn to confusion if you discovered such brutal behaviors were permitted by your leaders…by yourself?

No amount of waxing poetic about tradition and custom can hide the fact that this reality is the face of bullfighting in France. The country has some of the strongest animal cruelty laws in the world, and you pride yourselves on civility and empathy. This violent practice defies every assertion you make, and it makes a mockery of French ideals.

Please take the only possible step forward. Abolish a deadly form of entertainment that no longer has a place in a humane society.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Becerra Goves Photos


  1. I actually thought France was more civilized than this. It’s bad enough that Spain is barbaric enough to find this entertaining, but et tu, Brutus? We need to eradicate bullfighting, not encourage it to spread. Please stop this cruel neanderthal behavior!

  2. Kathleen Bossart says:

    I will not call these people HUMAN, They are BARBARIC to look at this as normal is just SICK. I really think these people are mentally unstable, to look at this as entertainment. What a GROSS Behavior of humanity. Use your time MORE wisely and productive.

  3. Dawn Reilly says:

    Barbaric heathens. Low class brutes. Sick and teosted “entertainment”??

  4. So, unimaginably cruel and painful!

    I am convinced they are 1 inch away from being a cockroach .

  5. That this torture and cruelty has gone on for so long, … and is considered a sport, is appalling. These matadors are not big brave men, but pipsqueaks with low self-esteem. As “macho” men become less, and caring men become more in our societies, this will die out. Such an abominable shame that these magnificent animals have to die agonizing deaths for this outdated cultural anomaly.

  6. The acts of beating, torturing animals is horrific but to choose to watch this happen is just stunningly horrifying. BULLFIGHTING MUST BE OUTLAWED NOW.

  7. SIGN SHARE — These events are FAR from normal and entertaining — these events prove NOTHING — it’s about EGO and POWER — from the get-go, the BULL is made to suffer in many ways days BEFORE the event — from the get-go, the BULL is made to suffer DURING and AFTER the event — Bullfighting PROVES only one thing : “look how easy to torture, torment & MURDER a BIG Animal, and simultaneously we can all watch and revel in Bull’s suffering and final bloody gasp for breath — if this isn’t downright shameful, cruel, sadistic, insane, hateful, I do NOT know what is — SHUT DOWN BULLFIGHTING — FOREVER

  8. This is cruelty NOT culture. Violence is never acceptable nor can be used as an excuse by claiming it’s Spanish culture. Both countries, Mexico and Colombia, also practice and promote this cruelty and violence.
    France that deems it’s culture has so much class displays vulgarity with the torture and violence it’s citizens subjects innocent bulls. Ban bullfighting now!5

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