Bullfighting: The Facts

It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was.
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PETA Activists Fill Sky With ‘Blood’

Around 100 supporters of PETA and AnimaNaturalis gathered in the centre of Pamplona, Spain, ahead of the Running of the Bulls.
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Spanish Matador Ivan Fandino Dies In Bullring In France

A matador has died after being gored in the chest by a bull, becoming the second Spanish bullfighter to die in the bullring in the past year.
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Spanish matador fighting for life in hospital after being gored three times in bullring

Pablo Belando was carried out of Madrid's world-famous Las Ventas bullring after being mauled in his chest, leg and buttocks.
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Petition for a Bullfighting Referendum

Petition on Change.org by Luis Quilis Cartagena, Spain calling for a referendum to decide whether to continue this barbaric tradition.
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Matador Victor Barrio's bullring death reignites bullfighting debate

Barrio, a household name in Spain, died after being mauled by an 83-stone bull in the first bullring death since 1987.
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Men accused of rape at Pamplona bull-running festival

All of the men come from Seville and were visiting Pamplona for the San Fermin festival which attracts thousands of people from all over the world.
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Bullfighter and runner die, two others gored in Spanish bull festivals

A bullfighter and a man participating in a village bull-run were killed in Spain on Saturday 9th July, while another two men were gored by the animals at the world-famous festival in the town of Pamplona. Read more

Gruesome moment female matador holds severed ears of bull aloft

Lea Vicens, picador, held the severed ears of a bull to a cheering crowd at a bullfight during the Feria de Nimes fighting festival in the south of France. Ms Vicens was in her home town at the five-day bullfighting festival. Read more

European Parliament Votes to End Subsidies for Bullfighting

On 28th Ocotober in the European Parliament, 438 out of 687 MEPs voted in favour of an amendment that would stop over €100 million in EU agricultural subsidies from being used to raise bulls for bullfights. Read more

Spanish bullfight called off after three matadors are injured

A bullfight in Madrid had to be called off after three matadors were seriously injured. The 12th fight of the San Isidro festival was stopped after two bullfighters were gored and a third tossed into the air. Read more

Flaming-horned bull gores man to death during Spanish festival

A flaming-horned bull trampled and fatally gored a man on Saturday during a festival in eastern Spain. Large balls of flaming wax are traditionally affixed to the beasts' heads before they are let loose to rampage in such festivals. Read more

Matador gored to death at summer festival

A matador became the fourth Spaniard to die during a festival in three days when he was gored during a bullfight. Miguel Ruiz Perez, 29, lost his balance during an exhibition involving athletes and bulls in Navarra, Spain. Read more

Activist Jumps into Bullfighting Ring to Comfort Dying Bull

In an extraordinary act of bravery, an animal rights activist jumped into the Malagueta bullfighting ring to comfort a dying bull in Malaga, Spain. Virginia Ruiz was able to lay her body over the bull and shield him before being hauled away. Read more

R.I.P. Tony Moore (Fight Against Animal Cruelty Campaigner)

On Friday 27th December 2013 Tony Moore, co-founder and chairman of Southport based animal rights charity “Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe” (FAACE) died from lung cancer, aged 79. Read more

Poem about the matador Christian Montcouquiol

Christian Montcouquiol was a matador who hanged himself in 1991 after being paralysed by a bull.
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Photo from Enquirer Magazine

A terrified bull tried to jump over a six feet high fence in a vain attempt to escape his tormentors.
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Álvaro Múnera - Bullfighter who quit

Article taken from snopes.com about this photograph showing the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of his last fight ... the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights. Read more

Spanish state television drops bullfighting as too violent for children

Radiotelevision Espanola (RTVE) has pledged not to show bullfighting on its channels given that the evening corridas usually occur during peak viewing times for children. Read more

Bull Killed After Jumping Into Spectators

Disturbing video was released on Wednesday after a bull jumped into the arena of the Tafalla bullring in Spain and trampled spectators. The bull charged and tossed everything in his sight, leaving 40 people injured. Read more

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona The Fleeing Bullfighter who saw Sense

Footage of Mexican bullfighter Christian Hernandez fleeing the ring last Sunday at the first sight of the slaveringly piqued slab of beef in the opposite corner has become a global internet hit. Read more

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Catalonia Votes to Ban Bullfighting

Already faced with a rapidly ageing fanbase at home and widespread incomprehension and rejection abroad, Spanish bullfighting has suffered another major setback after the Catalan parliament voted to outlaw it completely across the region. Read more

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Man gored to death at running of the bulls in Pamplona

A charging bull gored a young Spanish man to death at Pamplona's San Fermin festival, the first such fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others were injured in a particularly dangerous and chaotic chapter of the running of the bulls. Read more

Michelle Lagravere, 11 year old matador 11 year old matador is victim of child abuse

A bullfight which featured an 11 year old matador has been described as "child abuse". Michelle Lagravere tortured and killed 6 calves in Mexico on Saturday 24th January 2009, despite animal rights campaigners trying to have the fight stopped. Read more


UK: Stop Funding Bullfights with Taxes - The Petition Site

Every year, £110 million of taxpayer money is given to Spanish farmers who use their pastures to raise fighting bulls. Under the guise of "Common Agriculture Policy," these federal subsidies are the key support that keeps the bullfighting industry from financial ruin. Rejecting bullfighting is about more than revenue: it's about rejecting torture. Stop funding cruelty with our taxes. www.thepetitionsite.com

The Joy of Toro

The Joy of Toro (bull of fire) is a grotesque spectacle that draws protests and boycotts of tourism worldwide. However, it remains Medinaceli occur annually in the province of Soria, Spain. Read more

Visit.guide-spain.com promoting bullfighting

The website entitled visit.guide-spain.com shows various places of interest throughout Spain, such as bullfighting events, the running of the bulls, churches, monasteries and cathedrals. They have requested comments on these places for their Facebook page, so comments condemning bullfighting, the running of the bulls and fiestas involving animal cruelty could be made. Also comments calling on the church to condemn these atrocities could be made on the church, cathedral and monastery pages.

Tell UNESCO: Bullfighting isn't culture, it's cruelty

Petition to UNESCO, sponsored by Humane Society International, against France and Spain trying to protect this cruel bloodsport by getting it listed as a form of "cultural heritage". A UNESCO "cultural heritage" listing would give a veneer of respectability to the torture of animals for public entertainment and mean subsidies may be made available to financially safeguard the future of bullfighting. Link to petition

Bullfights declared Intangible Cultural Patrimony of France

The Ministry of Culture decided to list bullfights as immaterial heritage of the country last Friday. This is a first step to candidate bullfights to Intangible Cultural Patrimony of the World. Please send letters of protest to the President of Republic, Prime Minister and Ministry of Culture. Click here

Mock bullfight at the Glastonbury Festival

According to British media reports there will be a mock bullfight staged by a Portuguese bullfighter in a newly built bullring at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Click here

Demonstration in ToredisillasPetition to UNESCO

Please sign the following petition to send to UNESCO Against the Declaration of Bullfights as World Intangible Cultural Heritage. (This petition is in Spanish, English and French) Click here

Demonstration in ToredisillasProtest in Bilbao

Animalist associations along with more than 200 animal activists were united in front of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao in protest against the bullfighting acts that are being celebrated during the Great Week of the Vizcaya capital. Click here

Demonstration in ToredisillasProtest against Frank Evans booksigning

Frank Evans was due to sign his his autobiography entitled "The Last British Bullfighter" at Waterstones in Liverpool and Manchester this month. However, after a flood of e-mails from protestors, Waterstones cancelled these events. Click here

Demonstration in ToredisillasDemonstration in Toredisillas

On September 13th 2009 there was a demonstration in Toredisillas against the torture and spearing of a bull to death, which is an annual event in this village.
To read more Click here

Nude protest against bullfighting outside the Spanish EmbassyNude Spanish Embassy Protest 2009

On Tuesday 23rd June, 2009 a demonstration (organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) took place outside the Spanish Embassy in London, to coincide with the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
To read more and see photos Click here

Written Declaration for an EU wide ban on bullfighting

Four MEPs presented on the 15th of January a Written Declaration for an EU wide ban on bullfighting as well as a ban on subsidies to bull breeders. The elapse time will be the 15th of April 2007.
For more information Click here

Running of the Nudes 2007

An activist from the UK writes an account of her trip to Pamplona for the Running of the Nudes event - read article
For more information click here or visit their website: www.runningofthenudes.com

Qatar Airways promotes bullfights

Qatar Airways, Thailand branch is advertising flights to Madrid, Spain, using a photo of a bullfight.
For more information, a sample letter and addresses to write to click here

The"Paseo Del Buey" (Stroll of Ox) in Queretaro, Mexico

This cruel celebration is dedicated to the Virgin of a small town and takes place on the 5th February, at Villa Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico. This is organized by the Franciscan monks and entails a week of dances.
For more information, a sample letter and addresses to write to click here

Hanging of Greyhounds in Spain

With the conclusion of Spain's hunting season, the hanging of the galgos/greyhounds begins. And once again the world bears witness to dead dogs, dangling from wire nooses, inches above the ground. Every year tens of thousands of Spain's hunting and racing dogs meet a crude and senseless fate after brief lives of loyal service.
For more information, a sample letter and addresses to write to click here

Protest Against the Returning of Bullfights to Lisbon

After being closed for 6 years the bullring of Lisbon reopened after renovation work on the 18th May. A small shopping mall was built under the bullring with shops, bars and restaurants. This cost 60 million euros.
For more information, a sample letter and addresses to write to click here

Campaigns Against Bloody "Fiestas" in Spain

Details on some of the Fiestas in Spain (Bull with ropes - Benavente, Coria's bull - Coria, Bull with Spears - Tordesillas, Fire Bulls - Medinaceli).
For more information and addresses to write to click here

Protest Against Bullfights in France

Several villages and cities in France hold bullfights and other popular fiestas that abuse bulls.
For more information, a sample letter and addresses to write to click here