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Spain: Stop Exposing Children to Bullfighting Violence

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End the inhumane tradition of bullfighting and protect young children from exposure to violence.


Spain has recently decided to offer free tickets to children under eight to attend bullfighting events. This decision has sparked outrage and debate across the nation.

Bullfighting is a brutal and outdated practice that inflicts unnecessary suffering on animals. Allowing young children to witness such violence not only desensitizes them to cruelty but also poses significant psychological risks.

Bullfighting involves the matador killing a bull with a sword thrust, a spectacle many see as a core part of Spanish culture and history1. Critics argue this practice is barbaric and has no place in modern society. Introducing children to this violence at a young age normalizes cruelty and diminishes empathy2.

The Harm to Children

José Enrique Zaldivar, head of the Spanish Association of Veterinarians for the Abolition of Bullfighting, has spoken out against this decision. He believes that exposing young children to such events can cause significant psychological harm2.

These early experiences of witnessing animal suffering can lead to long-term desensitization and a distorted understanding of violence.

In 2018, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child urged Spain to ban children from bullfights to protect them from exposure to violence4. Despite these recommendations, little has changed.

Allowing children into bullfighting arenas sends a message that violence is acceptable, fostering a harmful environment where empathy and compassion are undermined.

The Ethical Argument

Bullfighting is not just a cultural tradition; it is a form of animal abuse. The practice of killing bulls for sport is incompatible with the values of a compassionate and humane society. Animal rights groups and many citizens argue that bullfighting should be consigned to history, along with other outdated and cruel practices1.

Ending the practice of permitting young children to attend bullfighting events is a crucial step toward a more humane future. By taking this action, we can protect young minds from trauma and promote a culture that values kindness and respect for all living beings.

The Economic Factor

Bullfighting supports thousands of jobs, from ranchers to event organizers. However, critics argue that these jobs could exist within more humane industries3. The economic benefits of bullfighting should not justify the continued abuse and killing of animals. Instead, we should focus on creating alternative employment opportunities that do not involve cruelty.

The Call to Action

We urge the local authorities of Seville and Spain's Ministry of Culture to end the practice of allowing young children into bullfighting arenas. This change is essential to protect our children from exposure to violence and to promote a more humane society.

Together, we can consign bullfighting to history and build a future that upholds the highest standards of humanity and respect for both animals and children.

Sign our petition today to demand an end to this inhumane tradition. Your support can make a significant difference in creating a compassionate future for all.

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The Petition:

To the Local Authorities of Seville and Spain's Ministry of Culture,

We, the undersigned, call for an immediate end to the practice of allowing children under eight years of age to attend bullfighting events. Bullfighting is an inhumane practice that inflicts unnecessary suffering on animals and exposes young children to graphic violence. This tradition, while deeply rooted in our cultural history, needs to be consigned to the past to create a more humane and compassionate society.

Bullfighting is a brutal spectacle where bulls are tormented and killed for entertainment. Subjecting young children to this violent practice not only desensitizes them to animal suffering but also indoctrinates them into a culture of cruelty and inhumanity. Children are impressionable and should be shielded from such displays of brutality.

Allowing children into bullfighting arenas sends a message that violence is acceptable, fostering a harmful environment where empathy and compassion are undermined. As a society, we have a responsibility to protect our young ones from such traumatic experiences and to promote values that reflect kindness and respect for all living beings.

Ending the practice of permitting young children to attend bullfighting events is a crucial step toward a more humane future. It aligns with the growing global awareness of animal rights and the psychological well-being of our children. By taking this action, we can ensure that future generations grow up in a culture that values life and compassion over violence and suffering.

We urge you to consider the ethical implications and the long-term benefits of this decision. Together, we can consign bullfighting to history and build a society that upholds the highest standards of humanity and respect for both animals and children.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

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