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Sep 02, 2009


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I am at a time of life where I can travel anywhere in the World. I will not just boycott bullfighting, I decided long ago to not even travel to Spain as long as they continue to have bullfighting.
How about schools not even offering students the option of attending a bullfight. Surely there are trips to Spain that do not include attending a bullfight?

Congratulations for your actions :-)
For this matter I follow also the work of this society in France : http://www.allianceanticorrida.fr/ , they do a great job too.

Kind regards,


I'm so glad there's people like you guys out there. Not only am I against bullfighting, but all the others as well, ex: dogfights, cockfights, etc. They should all pay for their cruelty, it's sooo inhumane!!!.

Thank you so much for your dedication,


Thank you for taking a stand for animals
who cannot. No conscientious being could
condone such cruelty. If only animals
could speak they would have some words for
such actions.

Mary Anne

I remember being taken to a bullfight as a child and my little sister who was 5 at the time stood up and boo'd whenever the bull was attacked...
even as children we knew it was wrong to watch a creature suffer for entertainment.
Thank you for doing this work.
Linda Kay Stevens

This is archaic and aberrant behavior. Not only is it dangerous, but it is archaic as the Romans and Christians going up against the Lions in the coliseum!!! Situations that create havoc and violence is twisted. Man and animal should coexist in harmony instead of against eachother.

While in Mexico many years ago, it was suggested I attend a bullfight. I would not do it then, nor would I ever attend. I applaud all those who oppose this barbaric form of entertainment.
My best wishes in your endeavour.

Gail Farrow

How sick and twisted are people that they can take pleasure in an innocent animal being tortured and abused. No one with a soul could ever condone this.

Good article Meryl! I am glad that we are working together to end bullfighting worldwide. I was shocked to read that many schools in the USA still organize trips to bullfights, I did not know that. I hope local organizations can take action to convince these schools to exclude bullfighting from their programmes. We have done the same with travel organizations in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Thanks!

Yours sincerely,

Saskia Oskam
PR Officer CAS International

It would be such a victory for this to come to an end as soon as possible! I don't understand how people can be so cruel and indifferent to any animal's suffering.

WSPA thank you for not giving up the fight to stop this horrible torture for entertainment. I have been a member for a long time and congratulate you for continuing the struggle to stop bullfighting. Hopefully we will see the day when this cruel spectacle ends. All of us who are against bullfighting must speak up and not give up on the fight to stop it. Many people who go to bullfights are not aware how the horses are injured and suffer not to mention the bulls.

Wouldn't it help to put this bullfighting message before the head of the association of Spanish teachers? One would hope that the vast majority of American teachers would stand up for eliminating attendance at bullfighting spectacles. It's hard to believe that students are still expected to witness bullfights in the interest of enriching their knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

Some traditions are best left behind as humans become wiser & kinder.

Spain is probably my favorite place to travel to. Exotic, adventurous, fun and full of flavor! Thanks for the nice writeup!

It is distgusting to me that humans make money off of helpless animals for entertainment doing un-natural acts. HOW SICK AND TWISTED this world is. The circus - rodeos...and bloodless(?) bull fighting - how distgusting. Please do not support these businesses.

Please stop this barbaric,bizarre cruelty to Bulls.I request the tourists and people of Spain not to support this sport.

Bullfighting: It's not ART; it's not CULTURE; it's TORTURE (ask the MAJORITY of the people in the bullfighting countries of Spain; Portugal; France; Mexico; Colombia; Ecuador; Guatemala; Peru and Venezuela that are working on, and passing BANS and ABOLITION of bullfights).

Bullfighting: The most indefensible type of animal abuse.

Bullfighting is not a fight at all, but a systematic torture-killing that pits a gang of armed thugs wielding razor-sharp barbed spikes, spears, swords and daggers (these weapons are designed to inflict intense pain and cause massive blood loss to weaken the animal) against a lone, terrified; confused; fatally disabled and wounded animal.

It’s a sickening economic industry based on HORRIFYING victimization; sadistic abuse; extreme cruelty and mutilation and torture of bulls (and horses) during the cruel exhibitions of bullfights (which are barbaric "blood" fiestas): Close-up Horror of Bullfighting (Graphic) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvwQ4Dmlur8

Handlers weaken and cripple the bull for days before the bullfight. They starve him; give him laxatives and deny him water, or they put massive doses of sulphates (epsom salts) in his water to induce severe diarrhea, intestinal pain and subsequent lack of coordination in the ring. He is beaten with heavy sandbags on his back and kidneys. The bull is wedged into a tiny corral and drugged to make it docile. Up to four inches of horn is hacked off with a saw down to the tender quick to interfere with his ability to navigate; the mutilated stump rounded off with a rasp and smeared with black grease.

They blind and drug him; they stuff his ears so that he cannot hear; they stuff his nostrils so that he cannot breath. Before he enters the ring thick needles have been pushed into the bull's testicles and he is harpooned/stabbed in the back with a steel "breeder's mark." In the ring, they drive razor-sharp lances and harpoons into his back and neck muscles so he can’t lift his head. By the time the matador appears, the bull is weak from blood loss and dizzy from being chased in circles.

The horses used in bullfights are old and drugged. Wet newspaper is stuffed in their ears so that they will not hear the approaching bull and run away; their vocal cords are cut so the audience will not hear their cries. They wear long blankets to hide their entrails, which spill out when they are gored and disemboweled by the tortured; agonizing bull (who has been deceived into thinking that the horse is causing his pain, instead of the "wicked human" riding the horse).

It’s no fun to see an innocent, crazed animal tortured before a screaming crowd of people, who should be hanging their heads in shame. Even if you leave after 15 to 20 minutes, the damage has been done – your money has gone to support this hellish, satanic business, which "decent people" are working to "end."

The continuation of bullfighting depends on government subsidies and to an even GREATER EXTENT, the IGNORANT "TOURIST" industry.
Don’t be an accomplice to this savagery by supporting it with your "tourist dollars."

Please help these "suffering" animals – STAY AWAY FROM BULLFIGHTS; speak out against them and DEMAND that they be ABOLISHED.

Michel Michaeljohn (of Spanish-descent); California; United States.

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