This Huge Rally in Madrid May Be the Largest-Ever Demonstration Against Bullfighting

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Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Saturday to call for a ban on cruel bullfights.

Protesters from all over the country came to the rally, organised by PACMA, to express their horror at the so-called “tradition” in which animals are goaded and repeatedly stabbed until they die, frightened and in pain, often choking on their own blood.

Compassionate Spaniards held signs with slogans such as “Torture is not culture”, “Bullfighting – a national shame”, and “Put yourself in his place”. One attendee said:

“If bullfighting represents Spain, then I am not Spanish.”

It’s been clear for many years that times are changing in Spain. Eighty-one per cent of Spaniards say that they have no interest in bullfighting, and more than 100 towns and cities have banned cruel events in which bulls are tormented and killed. This protest is just the latest manifestation of the growing movement of Spanish people who want to see an end to these archaic, inhumane, and dangerous events in their country.

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Although ticket sales for bullfights are dwindling, these barbaric events often receive government subsidies – a phenomenal waste of public money and a shameful example of state-sponsored cruelty.

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Comments

  • Anita Andrews commented on September 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Stop this discusting barbaric so called tradition. Its 2016 and we should be more civilised. . And doing things to help conservation. Think what your doing.

  • Cheryl Jones commented on September 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I will never go to Spain while Bull fighting still happens and running with the Bulls

    • kay lang commented on September 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

      Totally agree with you. But also folk must stop buying Spanish food produce. Because the Spanish farming dept subsidise the bull fighting. So folk are still directly financially contributing to bull fighting when the buy spanish produce, e.g. fruit and veges.

  • Ann Hicks commented on September 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    I used to holiday in Spain many years ago, but until they stop the barbaric torture of Bulls will ever go there again

  • Noelle bishop commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    It’s sadistic and barbaric for sub human entertainment look after gods creatures … Please

  • Cherry Winters commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This demonstration is wonderful. More needed to make Spain ban bull fighting throughout the whole country. It is horrific cruelty and a black eye for Spain!!!
    I also wish that Rafa Nadal would become a spokesman for this cause and stop using the bull icon on his clothing and equipment!!!!!

  • pauline commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Out dated crurel batbaric and not brave at all the bulls dont have a chance but when one dose fight back anf wins gggggreat

  • Donald Clements commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    The sport of Spanish cowards, which even your own people want banned. A tortured bull with a gel rubbed in it’s eyes to impair its vision, it has no chance, only a slow agonizing DEATH. Drag your country out of the 3rd world. This barbarism has no place in modern Spain. Put yourself in the history books, never to be forgotten, STOP it now,

  • Kathy Mason commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Please end this horror!

  • Karen commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is what we need to keep doing,the bigger the impact awesome. So cruel has to stop

  • Balaji commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I am belive in ..inthis world god give right to live every animal…human have no right to kill any animal for their selfish puepose…this is the main principal of hinduism

  • Regula Bilton commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Please stop this cruel and pointless sport where innocent animals are tortured to amuse people! We are not in the Middle Ages anymore and know that animals feel pain and fear.

  • Yvonne Sinclair commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve been sending petition after petition to the Spanish government since I was 17. I’m now 56. Hopefully the end of this cruel barbaric so called sport is near. Not only for the bull but the poor horses that get gored. A basket is no protection for the horses, who are often blindfolded and their ears stuffed so they don’t hear anything. I cannot see the enjoyment watching a matador killing a bull which has been tortured so much and is nearly dying on its feet. Sorry the matador is not brave. Stand up the people of Spain and all the other countries that support this barbaric sport.

  • Catherine commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    There is just no need to treat animals in this cruel and barbarous way. I hope to God it will come to an end.

  • Miranda commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Bull fighting should be illegal! It’s cruel and inhumane. It’s not a sport ether!!!
    I’m so happy to see that there were so many protesters!!

  • Anne Stoddart commented on September 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Gave me goosebumps that all of those people declarec this one of cruelest animal sports. Just fantastic.

  • Agnes newman commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I would never visit this country because of this barbarity on these poor animals

  • Tammie O'Leary commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I speak no Spanish but I feel you. You have all my respect.

  • Annette Shaw commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I want to see this cruelty stopped. The fact that so many people in Spain are speaking out against it marks a significant shift in people’s attitude. This is very positive

  • Caren hill commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    My family and friends will not come to Espana for a holiday until you ban bullfighting.

  • ravipan saleepon commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Stop

  • Noreen McColm-Cornwell commented on September 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This barbaric cruelty should be banned. Responsible parents should not be allowing their children to think cruelty to animals is acceptable.
    It’s time the government take responsibility for the actions of their people.

  • Deborah commented on September 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!
    So brilliant to see that the new generation has woken up and are making a change. Such great news

  • Marcea colley commented on September 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you people of Spain protesting against cruel bullfighting- you restore my faith in humanity

  • Judith Moore commented on September 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    No civilized country would support the torture, abuse, barbarism and sickening sadism of the devils work! No civilized country would teach their children that abuse, torture, sadistic blood lust gratification of any living creature is the normal way of a decent human being!!

  • Susan Christie commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This an outdated cruel barbaric sport and it’s time it stopped NOW.

  • Stacey commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    This is INCREDIBLE!!! … What a turnout for the BULLS!!! So, so happy!!! People are waking up to the reality that THIS IS TORTURE! #boycottBullFighting

  • Samantha Clarke commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    It is cruel and disgusting to kill such beautiful animals

  • Ann Allen commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Please stop this barbaric practice of bull fighting. Spain must listen to the voices of the majority and stop bull fighting. Spain could be a Nobel country again.

  • Jean bishop commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    This cruelty has no place in a civilised society stop the torture of these beautiful animals now stop this killing of innocent Bulls..

  • Patricia O'Beirne commented on September 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    STOP

  • Hilda Saki commented on September 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I pray for these innocent creatures , that their torture would have end .

  • Ann commented on September 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I just can’t believe they teach children how to kill
    these beautiful animals, shame on you!

  • Kathleen Alexander commented on September 13, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you people of Spain for demonstrating against his cruel barbaric so called sport, and please do not encourage children to do it. It’s cowardly and cruel

  • Noella Grace commented on September 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Bullfightibg is a babaric and archaic practce in a civilised society.
    Cruel, inhumane and causing, pain, suffering and ultimately death to an innocent animal is totally unacceptable.

  • Michelle commented on September 14, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Come on Spain rid your beautiful country of this brutal crime against innocent animals. Just because its a tradition, doesnt make it ok.

  • Ellen Prior commented on September 14, 2016 at 2:49 am

    so glad the people are finally speaking out!

  • Sonam Yangzom commented on September 14, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Bull fight is Devilish.
    Stop Bull-Fight.
    Be Kind, Good, Compassionate human being.
    Don’t be like a Devil.
    Spain must become Human’s Country.
    Spain must not become Devil’s Country.

  • David Johns commented on September 14, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This barbaric activity has no place in a modern civilised country.
    This damages the reputation of Spain placating a few members of society who wish to promote this so called sport.
    The sooner this ends the better.

  • Coral Williams commented on September 14, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I have signed many petitions to end this barbaric, cruel ‘sport’. I get no pleasure in watching these poor animals getting tortured to death. The only satisfaction is on the rare occasion when the bull harms the matador. This killing must end. AND it must end NOW.

  • Mary Jeremy commented on September 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Disgusting this day and age that people still think it’s ok to torture and kill animals for entertainment.

  • Ronald Woodward commented on September 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    It beggars belief that so many Spaniards still attend these so called “Bullfights”. They should be termed as “Bulltortures” It certainly does nothing for the reputation of Spain when it’s governments support this so called “sport”. Come on Spain, listen to the people of Spain who are showing the world that they are disgusted and embarrassed by this cruel abhorrent “sport”.

  • karen carter commented on September 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    well done to all of yous for fighting for these poor bulls

  • Madhvi commented on September 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Why torture an animal for your entertainment!

  • Terry Blackwell commented on September 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Stop this cruel and inhumane persuit

  • Karen Connell commented on September 15, 2016 at 3:10 am

    It’s time to end this barbaric practice.. It is clear that the majority of people in Spain and worldwide are against it…

  • Sharmini Jayawardena commented on September 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I’m extremely happy to hear that the Spanish people of Spain r protesting against the bull fight!

    Stop subscribing to the bull fight by refraining from buying tickets to n visiting the bull fight NOW!

    End this cruel n barbaric practice NOW!

    Save the bull from this brutality NOW!

  • Marni Montanez commented on September 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    How arrogant to think that we have the right as humans to torture and kill other living beings. Our humanity is in question when we do this.

  • Ilona Davies commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    It was the most awful and frightening experience to watch murdering, cheered up by the crowd. Of course I didn’t seat there till the end and left as soon as possible. The most disgusting tradition from Middle Ages.

  • Tim Brady commented on October 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I will not visit or buy another Spanish product until you end ALL of your barbaric “traditions” which somehow insist on the torture and killing of innocent animals. For now your country it looked down upon as one of the cruelest in the world, and is building hate and animosity from conscience people around the world. May God have mercy on your souls when his final wrath comes upon you for how you treat his innocent creatures. Until then you are cursed…

  • Dana commented on October 23, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Bullfighting should be thing of the past I believe most of humanity has evolved to recognise such cruelty is not entertaining and doesn’t represent culture but rather your support of violence!

  • Helena Turner commented on October 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Please stop tormenting and stabbing these animals until they bleed to death. The matadors are not brave please stop thinking they are so. So pleased the people are taking action and are displaying their disgust about this kind of entertainment which is a disgrace to the human race.

  • Helena Turner commented on October 23, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Please stop tormenting and stabbing these beautiful innocent creatures. So happy to see the people are protesting against this cruelty. Please, please stop this unpopular and barbaric ‘entertainment’.

  • Karen Dyer commented on October 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    There should be animal welfare laws put in place to stop this barbaric ‘sport’.
    No animal should be butchered alive and this practice puts Spain to shame.

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