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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19 Comments

  1. Sickening and appalling how people can find this animal torture entertaining. This evil barbaric animal torture has to come to an end NOW!!

  2. Jaime Perez Jaime Perez says:

    This is a horrible and inhumane practice that must be stopped now. This is not a sport, it’s a slow and torturous death for the innocent bull. Matadors are not heroes, they are low life scum who get off on the murder of an innocent animal.

  3. Some traditions simply must end – they don’t throw Christians to the lions anymore, for Pete’s sake! We all know what the poor bull is subjected to even before he hits the ring. This isn’t entertainment, it’s sheer brutality and sadism and appeals to all aberrants and deviates. The Senator needs to listen to the people – our voices are loud and clear. Columbia remains uncivilised in the eyes of the world.

  4. Karen Mckay says:

    This should be outlawed. None of my family and friends visit any of these countries where they tout cruelty as culture. Vile.

  5. How long more these poor innocent bulls have to be torture n bully then to slaughter jyst for these CRUEL SINFUL COLD BLOODED MORONS!! PLS PLS BAN N STOP IT IMMEDIATELY PLS!! VERY VERY SINFUL!! GOD IS WATCHING!! THEY WILL SUFFER EVEN WORSE THAN THESE BULLS I BELIEVE STRONGLY!! WATCH N SEE! GOD BLESS ALL BULLS REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN!!

    • Agree with you – please everyone boycott Spain until they become civilised because their ways are wicked and evil, SPAINISH FOLK ARE DEPRAVED AND BARBARIC

  6. Agree all comments put these c**ts out with the bull no swords.

  7. Demetrios E. Lekkas PhD says:

    And this passes for bravery? Where? Are they insane? This is shameful cowardice beyond description and belief. Ole what, you ridiculously costumed sad murderous morons?

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