Target: Ana Botella, Mayor of Madrid, Spain
Goal: Cancel Madrid’s violent and dangerous San Isidro Bullfighting Festival after three matadors incurred serious injury and two bulls were put to death
The San Isidro Bullfighting Festival has been a part of a Spanish tradition in Madrid for 35 years. The event draws in the nation’s top bullfighters and sold-out crowds of as many as 24,000 spectators. However, all this attention comes at the devastating expense of human and animal safety.
The first bull at this year’s festival, weighing over half a ton, deeply gorged the first bullfighter in the leg. As he was being carried away to seek serious medical attention, a second bullfighter came in to kill the bull per local tradition. The festival’s second bull later hit this second bullfighter so hard in the knees that he had to be immediately transported to the on-site infirmary. As a third bullfighter went into the ring to kill the second bull he too was gored in the leg, but managed to stay afoot until the bull died. Then, according to CNN News, he joined his colleagues in the infirmary.
Only once there were no more bullfighters available to fight did authorities suspend this brutal bloodbath. And yet the San Isidro Festival has scheduled a total of 31 fights for this year. “Festivities” are expected to continue as planned. Urge Madrid’s government to put an end to this senseless violence against men and bulls and cancel the San Isidro Bullfighting Festival. No national tradition should be carried out at the expense of the inhumane treatment of people and animals.
Dear Mayor Botella,
I understand that bullfighting is a long-standing tradition in Spain, but this year’s San Isidro Bullfighting Festival has proven that the sport has gone too far. The first three bullfighters were all seriously injured by the first two bulls, and additional injuries and deaths are inevitable. There are 31 total fights scheduled as part of the San Isidro Bullfighting Festival; I am asking you to call off all those that remain.
The brutal killing of bulls at the end of a fight is a senseless tradition and must be stopped. Bullfighting cannot continue in Spain if your government cannot improve the safety conditions for bullfighters. There is a lot of money in the Spanish bullfighting industry, but do not let your judgment be clouded by the lure of wealth. I urge you to work with the leaders of the Las Ventas bullring to ensure all humans and animals in Spain are treated with the respect they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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