Target: Mayor Jesus Chipana, Concepción, Peru
Goal: Commend Peruvian city for ending the cruel sport of bullfighting.
Recently, Mayor Jesus Chipana oversaw the demolition of the bullring in Concepción, Peru’s first anti-bullfighting city. Since 2012, the mayor and city council have been raising awareness about bullfights and working to eradicate the cruel confrontations in their city. Horse displays where no living creatures are harmed have replaced the once-traditional bullfight at the city’s annual battle memorial, the Battle of Concepción.
In summer 2012, the mayor and an overwhelming majority of city council members voted to get rid of the barbaric sport of bullfighting. Most of the city’s residents were pleased, their city becoming a shining example of sensitivity and compassion toward animals. The year’s worth of work saw fruition recently when the bullfighting ring, the city’s last tie to bullfight culture, was demolished.
Bullfighting, a traditional spectacle in Spain, France, the Philippines, and many South American countries, sees a bull baited and killed for entertainment purposes. Matadors, or bullfighters, will perform a series of movements designed to confuse or irritate the bulls while assistants weaken the aggressive creatures with blows from spears and lances. Once a bull has been hooked multiple times by barbed weapons, its throat is cut and it is left to bleed to death.
This cruel bloodsport has been outlawed in many other places, and is seeing a sharp decline in popularity. Catalonia, the Mexican state of Sonora, and Costa Rica have fully banned bullfighting, while France and Ecuador have banned the killing of the animals, but allow a so-called ‘bloodless’ version. In four years, the number of bullfights in Spain has decreased by over 1,000, and is still in decline.
Baiting, mutilating, and slaughtering animals for entertainment is a barbaric and deranged practice. Thank the mayor of Concepción for setting a positive example for other Peruvian cities by being the first to ban bullfighting.
Dear Mayor Jesus Chipana, Concepción, Peru,
After a year-and-a-half long effort to ban all bullfights in your city, the goal was fully realized with the destruction of Concepción’s bullfighting ring. Humane, harmless alternatives have been found for the Battle of Concepción, with much support from citizens and council members.
These barbaric confrontations cause unnecessary stress, pain, and death to innocent animals, all in the name of entertainment. Many regions have banned bullfighting, and those that haven’t are seeing a sharp decline in bullfighting events nonetheless. Thank you for your work to save these creatures from the pain and distress of a death in a bullfighting ring.
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