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It is shocking that in the modern world, the barbaric sport of bullfighting is still considered “entertainment.” Thankfully, many people no longer see it that way and as a result, the industry is slowly dying. Last year, Madrid dealt a huge blow to the industry by ending the $66,000 subsidy that fueled a matador school Marical Lalanda Academy. More recently, Colombia moved to bring back bullfighting for the first time in four years, but thanks to massive protests it was decided that the sport may violate laws regarding the mistreatment of animals. Unfortunately, even though the times are changing, bullfighting still happens, and although most understand the suffering a bull endures in this cruel gladiatorial sport, many are unaware of what the horses go through.

Horses in bullfights are often older animals who are sold to the industry after serving their whole lives, either as racehorses or in other industries. Although horses are given protective covering known as a “peto,” which resembles a poncho, it does little to guard them from being gored by bulls.

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Another shocking practice is that just before entering the arena, horses are blindfolded and have their nose and ears stuffed with cotton and Vaseline to deprive them of their senses so they cannot react in fear of a charging bull. To take the cruelty a step further, some horses even have their vocal cords removed so they cannot cry out in fear or pain.

Although bullfighting is considered to be part of tradition in many cultures, the fact that something has been done for hundred of years says nothing about whether or not it is ethical. Not only does bullfighting end tragically for bulls who are killed at the end of the fight, the horses in the industry are never given the opportunity to live the life of peace they deserve.
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Suzanne
7 Months Ago

I don\'t agree with this article actually after having just recently view 19 animals that saved lives. There was a 1,000 pound horse that knocked over a charging mother cow, climbed on top of the cow, and saved her owner. Plus places such as Rodeos keep their horses well cared for.


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ML
7 Months Ago

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/161/891/862/horses-used-in-bullfighting/?TAP=1732

Here is the link for the Petition.


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jh
7 Months Ago

i would sign the petition if i could find it


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Marta Feio
7 Months Ago

Shame on Portugal. Shame on Spain. Shame on France … and many others countries in South America, for torturing bulls and horses in bullfighting and bulls running.
There is no political will to end bullfighting, because the lobby of the bullfighting industry moves huge money.
Bullfighting is for cowards in shiny sequins and pink leggings. Everyone knows how much the bull enters the arena already weakened. Bullfighting is a fraudulent game. The bull never wins. Either he is murdered in the arena or later on in the slaughterhouse.


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Cathy Bassett
7 Months Ago

What is wrong with you people? How sick can you be !!


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Kate
7 Months Ago

I signed this petition in November it seems. I read these things and I ask every time-what is wrong with people? how can humans be so cruel and just not care? I feel only shame in being part of this species . As I said in another comment I know there are any good and kind people but it seems they are outnumbered but the rest who think of animals as object for entertainment, testing, abuse, etc, etc., etc. Yes, I feel shame and disgust and want to lash out at them. Grrrrr!


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SAnne
7 Months Ago

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SAnne
7 Months Ago

Really Neede to stop !!!!!! To Many reasons


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Jeff Biss
7 Months Ago

Bullfighting is for psychopaths and needs to be ended now. There is no reason to allow the worst among us to harm others for their pleasure. Let them fight each other to the death if they want violence.


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Diane Smith
7 Months Ago

We need many, many voices protesting this sadistic form of entertainment. Not only are the horses gouged, speared, Vaselined and kept blindfolded and have their ears even stuffed so they cannot determine anything, the bulls are similarly treated. They are given no food, no water, dehydrated for several days to weaken them, Then their eyes are Vaselined so they can\'t see well. Their horns are filed down. They already have been pricked some. And a rod is forced into their genitals. Some "sport" eh? This is a cowardly, sadistic entertainment. It is NOT MANLY. It is not fair. It is animal cruelty, pure and simple and there should be strict, enforced laws against it. Why is it that animals are always tortured for the entertainment of blood thirsty onlookers? This is such a one-sided event , it is ridiculous. It is evil. It is demonic.


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