UN: Violent Bullfighting Goes Against Children’s Rights

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We already knew that bullfighting tramples all over animals’ rights. Chasing, stabbing and mutilating a terrified animal in front of a jeering crowd is about as cruel as it gets. Now, the United Nations (UN) has stated that being forced to watch the barbaric spectacle is incompatible with children’s rights, too.

Bullfighting Violates Rights of the Child: United Nations

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has recommended that children should not attend or participate in bullfighting events because of their extreme violence. The pronouncement was made with regard to Portugal, where children in bullfighting schools are compelled to witness and sometimes engage in acts of violence towards animals.

This enlightened decision from the UN backs up what experts have been saying for years. Last summer, 140 scientists and academics wrote to politicians in Spain pointing out that promoting animal abuse has a negative effect on society as a whole. For a child, watching an animal be tormented and killed is a traumatic experience. Over time, it can desensitise them to violence.

In contrast, a recent study by Tufts University found that learning to care for an animal helps young people to develop better relationships and become more confident and empathetic. These are the qualities that progressive, modern societies should be encouraging in their children, rather than a taste for bloodshed. As Spanish model Elen Rivas has said, “Glorifying the deliberate slaughter of animals should not be tolerated in a civilised society”.

We hope that the UN’s influence will help persuade the governments of countries that allow bullfighting to stop propping up that cruel and damaging industry – for the sake of both humans and bulls alike.

You can help -urge the EU to stop subsidising bullfights using taxpayers’ money.

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / WeAnimals.org

Comments

  • Will Bowen commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Its wrong, needs to stop! its 2014!

  • rebecca twigg commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Please stop this happening! It is not right in a civilized society for children to be exposed to this!

  • Susan Horne commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It’s a blood sport and ought not to be a part of the 21st Century. It’s outdated, cruel and barbaric. Shame on the countries that encourage and endorse this awful and inhumane practice. It speaks volumes about the people who enjoy watching it.

  • Robert Dalziel commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Disgusting.

  • deepthi commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Instead go throw yourselves in a cage full of lions and you will know how it feels to be torn apart when you still alive.

  • Julie jones commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This cruelty is totally unacceptable and has no place in modern society

  • carolmurphy commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Cruel and bloodthirsty

  • Ann Yang commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

    This should be STOPPED.
    It’s BARBARIC and SPAIN this is animal ABUSE at its worst.
    You should be ashamed of this horrific abuse of these animals.

  • Chante de Meyer commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

    disgusted

  • Maxine Walton commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

    BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL

  • Wendy Blackwell commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Animals are not for human entertainment, children should have a childhood free of violence towards them or animals! Stop this sickening and barbaric practice of mutilation and death!

  • anne richardson commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Time this was illegal

  • Michelle Blessing commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This bloodsport is barbaric, inhumane and unnecessary. This so called tradition should be sent back to the annals of history. Can we please move on from causing other sentient beings pain and suffering and make this a much nicer, kinder and better planet for the all sentient beings (including humans and non humans) and those future sentient beings to come.

  • julie mcmanus commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Killing is not entertainment any more. This is the 21 century. We are not barbarians any more so there is no need for this cruelty to continue.

  • Neelie Casey commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Bullfighting is animal abuse at its worse! Archaic and sickening!! It is time this abomination is ended, and bulls are allowed to live their lives in peace. … But it’s part of their culture’ is the argument commonly used to defend bullfighting, but this argument is also used to defend female circumcision (genital mutilation). It could also have been used to defend witch-burning, bear-baiting and a multitude of other evils, “Culture” is not a magic word, and simply labeling something as such doesn’t make it right and above criticism. Also, the word “culture” suggests the enhancement and enrichment of people or a society, and watching animals being tortured to death doesn’t fall into this description.

  • carol gee commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Please stop this barbarism in the name of culture. The French used the guillotine but don’t anymore as they decided it was wrong. The English hung drawed and quartered people but don’t anymore. When will the Spanish people see that bullfighting is just a culture that has no purpose in the 21st century. IT IS BARBARIC AND WRONG. EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS NOT TEACH THEM CRUELTY.

  • Michelle Harrison commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Please stop this brutality.

  • Marilyn Driscoll commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I find this is a horrible practice. I will not visit Spain until this is stopped.

  • Debra Lister commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I cannot understand why any parent would want their or any child to witness the sickening torment, torture and abuse of ANY animal for any reason , and certainly not for entertainment !! Bull fighting is horrific and barbaric and should not be part of modern society !!

  • Krzysztof Łokić commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    no comments:(

  • pippa commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

    great step … NO ONE should watch or participate !! it is over !! please share any petitions actions etc to end ALL barbarsism !!

  • Emma Wilson commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Its 2014 and we still find it acceptable to brutally mutilate, torture and murder innocent bulls? Absolute disgrace.

  • Tracey Burke commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Animal torture for human entertainment is absolutely barbaric & sickening, bullfighting should have been banned years ago. What are we teaching kids (whether they attend a bullfight or not) by allowing this to continue? How can torture of any living being be seen as ok!?

  • marianne commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    No humane society finds entertainment in practices that harm other living creatures

  • Rebecca Pridden commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This is a disgusting sport (if that’s what you could call it) this needs to be made illegal !

  • Lizette Watson commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Of course children should not attend this sadistic “sport”. This needs to be stopped it is murder pure and simple!!!!

  • cheryl commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    It should be banned…No animal should have to suffer such a horrible death and then no child or adult would ever have to witness it….it is sick, barbaric, inhumane and a psychopathic act..

  • monica wheeler commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    it’s high time to end this cruel entertainment for people.

  • Fiona Kent commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Bullfighting is wrong on all levels. Animals were not put on this earth for mans “entertainment”. This is an abhorrent act of barbarity against bulls & has no place in modern society.

  • Lucy Gre commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    The people doing this are nasty cruel people

  • Karen commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    No one should pay to see cruelty

  • Gurdeep Singh commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    what the fuck is this. stop buddy.

  • Marie mclean commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This and all the other cruel festivals in this supposed civilised country must stop! Animals are not for your entertainment. Shame on you! Will never visit your country again.

  • Sam commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

    How about we throw u miserable gits in the ring and chase you and stab u, then ull know what pain your putting these poor defenseless animals through!!!!!!
    Needs to stop ASAP!!!!

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on February 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Pointless and cruel

  • Marilyn O'Loughlin commented on February 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Wicked practice. What could be entertaining about terrorising a poor defenceless creature. The bull doesn’t carry a knife and they are injected to make them dozy so some ‘brave man’ hahaha can murder it! Sick!!!!

  • Allyson Halls commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    This barbaric practice need to STOP NOW!
    It has no place in the world in which we live today

  • Kelli rodriguez commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I lived in Spain and saw this happen live on their tvs all over the country and I ran into the bathroom crying one day it was so awful I can’t even describe. They hurt the animal before he even goes out to fight. And then you kill it. That’s not fun to watch that’s sadistic. I am Spanish and my family is from Spain and I think its embarrassing and sick. I can’t wait until this is outlawed. Do you know children die training for this early. Ya they really have kids ages 5,6 that start doing this for fun and some don’t make it. Can’t be any more sick.

  • H Davey commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    This is cruelty. STOP IT NOW!

  • eve martin commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Its so wrong in the first place, and to let children watch is even more wrong
    what are they going to learn by this, it’s a barbaric sport that doesn’t belong in a (civilized) world! !!

  • yvonne commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Diabolical so called sport!

  • hilary yates commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    In this day and age!!!!!!!!!!!!! obsene

  • natasha neave commented on February 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    outdated, wrong, barbaric and far far from entertaining, it is just plain cruelty, and must be stopped

  • Esat Yilmaz commented on February 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is a sadistic practice that belongs to the Roman times.

    Brits stopped fox hunting – their “national sport” which was an impressive step and they must be commended for it. I think some still go through the motion in a ceremonial manner but they are not allowed to kill the fox.

    Spaniards resisted banning their “national sport” even though they are in the EU. I think with strong leadership and pressure from outside (PETA), they could be convinced.

  • Linda commented on February 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Stop this now, it wrong.. Poor animals

  • Lorna commented on February 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    No country that allows ANY barbaric acts towards animals, albeit in the name of sport or science, can call themselves civilised.

  • jan pedley commented on February 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    IT HAS TO STOP its shocking to see these poor creatures taunted and slowly killed for nothing more than some sick kind of entertainment!! Dont get it & never will and never want to. ITS WRONG

  • Donna Roy commented on February 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    This is sick and nothing but cruelty it needs to stop

  • Julie crawford commented on February 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Horrific disgusting cruelty. Unnessary pain and suffering for yet another sport. Take up joggin!!!!

  • Barbara Tetrol commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This is sick and nothing but cruelty it needs to stop . What kind of humans are you anyway. Dos pain & suffering turn you on. Disgusting.

  • shiv commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    want to stop this cruelty….but no body doing anything..
    they will also become animals next generation.
    GOD IS WATCHING THEM

  • Amanda Johnson commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    How is torturing an animal TO DEATH enjoyable or sporting. This is the 21st Century. Time these people grew up and participated in a humane sport like golf! This is just sick.

  • jessica commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    abusadores , pobres animals, todo lo que pasan por una estupida tradicion , que lo q hace es crear mas violencia y a seres humanos sin sentimientos . para mi Deben de condenar al que hace esto y el q lo permite, abusadores

  • Jillian Bland commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    They dress like a ponce and act like a nonce.

  • Mandy Lawrence commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Killing animals for entertainment is only entertainment for the blood thirsty and you would think that, in this day and age, the human race would have evolved beyond that!

  • Mandy Lawrence commented on February 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    In this day and age, humans should have evolved beyond killing animals for entertainment!

  • Dawn commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    any kind of abuse on a animal is seriously wrong and any kind of fighting with animals involved is seriously wrong tooo why can’t these cowered fight for em self and leave the animals out of it … just makes me so sick to my stomach

  • kirstie commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    No need, just EVIL…

  • Marc chapman commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Out dated
    Un human
    Barbaric
    Needless
    Sick
    And animal cruelty for the entertainment of sad pathetic people.
    Get a grip SPAIN!
    And EU wake up and do some good for a change!
    If these were children in a war torn country you’d be like a rat up a cheap drain pipe!!
    BAN THIS NOW!!!

  • Aparajita commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    stop this IMMEDIATELY Its CRIMINAL and CRUEL .. use your spirit and mind in the RIGHT way you’re HUMAN ..remember

  • BRENDA KEYWOOD commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    it is so wrong these poor animals suffer such cruelty

  • angela smith commented on February 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    THIS IS BARBARIC AND MUST STOP ITS NOT A SPORT ITS CRUEL AND WICKED!!!

  • Tracey Cummings commented on February 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Traditions can be broken due to evolution! Bullfighting is disgusting! Not acceptable in the generation of most people!

  • shiv commented on February 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    one day animal will kill to human being like this

  • kliontia-kalia commented on February 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    this sadism must immediately stop,these atrocities with the poor animals—must immediately be crude.Parents who teach their children from an early age how to enjoy spectacularly sadistic attitude to the animals?!it will certainly make their kids ready in psychopaths with upset or nervous system ready killers!!!!Pleas,pleas,pleas,to immediately stop the barbaric treatment of animals!!!!

  • Cate Ingalls commented on February 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    This practice is deplorable. What is wrong with people that they have to harm helpless animals? such gutless behavior is sickening.

  • Anara commented on February 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    It’s just so easy to realize what is Wrong with this world and to see the Truth… People, just try to think with your brain, not with your ass…

  • Kay commented on February 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    It’s absolutely abhorrent! Stop immediately. No more public torture of these poor animals!

  • Sharon Smit commented on February 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Please stop bullfighting en let animals live the way they are suppoost to be!!

  • anneke ketting commented on February 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Bullfighting is so wrong animails can feel pain too I wish you can feeling what the bull feels

  • Aidy commented on February 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Most of people enjoy hurting animals ,I think this sport should be forbbiden.

  • Kristina Jenkin commented on February 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    This into only cruel, it is stupid.x

  • Kristina Jenkin commented on February 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Cruelty is not acceptable.

  • Val commented on February 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Bullfighting should be banned, not just for children but for the bulls! This is such a cruel and total unnecessary ‘sport’ !

  • Janice Wyndham-Quin commented on February 20, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Stop this barbaric practice please!

  • yulia, shu commented on February 21, 2014 at 2:20 am

    please stop killing

  • elizabeth whitlam commented on February 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

    this is wrong, animals are helpless against man and his weapons, so negative and not very entertaining, must stop this is cruel

  • dinah bishop commented on February 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    It is bad enough that animals across the world are tortured for food and fur but simply for sport? Maybe it is culture you can argue but we are also a species of animal. If we have a soul so do other animals. Involving children to ensure they grow up with the same blood lust is beyond words!

  • Suzanne Armstrong commented on February 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Bull fighting should be banned, it puts me off and I am sure many others from visit places that alllow this to happen

  • Heather commented on February 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    It IS NOT ‘bullfighting’ – The bulls are too wounded and weak to fight! They don’t even WANT to fight a stupid , arrogant sadist in a flash outfit – Why would they?!
    This is just glorifying animal torture and IT MUST STOP !
    Spain you make me sick!

  • coral lowden-smith commented on February 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    This is torture for the animal, it is not sport. It is very violent & should children should not be allowed to watch this. Encouraging them to grow up thinking its ok to hurt animals for fun!

  • Carole commented on February 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This is a cruel act and should be banned immediately. How is this a sport? The people involved are very small minded and heartless.

  • Carol Gardner commented on February 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Firstly I cant believe anyone would or should fund bull fighting??? So called Matadors are cowards…the bull dies in the end after a time of complete and utter torture And why on earth any adults let alone children should want to watch this absolute torture. To let or make children watch this cruel treatment to an animal will condone cruelty ..I am disgusted shocked and sickened please stop this now .

  • Sharon Lawson commented on February 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Bullfighting is animal cruelty sanctioned the government. As far as wanting heritage status for it, if the EU did this then we should leave. A bull is basically tortured to death for entertainment there is no glory in this, if the bullfighter fought the bull without having it hobbled,drugged or without a sword then maybe but that’s never going to happen.

    It’s sick and archaic and belongs in the Middle Ages where then people who go to watch it belong. I live Spain but it makes me sick every time I see a bullring. I went to a small place called Chinchon outside Madrid which is the tiniest place & it’s centre was a sawdust bullring& roundabout the ring were restaurants you would have practically been able to touch the bull, I just cried at the thought of how barbaric the whole thing looked.

  • Liz Allen commented on February 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    A tradition that is totally outdated, cruel and disgusting. This MUST stop. :-(

  • Harvey Seen commented on February 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This must stop. Any abuse is so wrong in 21st century where as a human being, we have lots of options to enjoy compassionate entertainment.

  • yulia, shu commented on February 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This is not a hero
    This is a cruel murderer
    Please stop killing innocent animals evil

  • carol d'andrea commented on July 7, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Unevolved – anyone who can endorse this (watch it, go on tours to it, buy t-shirts promoting it) is seriously behind the curve! Come on Spain you have so much more to offer!

  • Diana Baumann commented on July 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It’s not culture – it’s torture.

  • Schulze, Janny commented on July 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hört endlich mit diesen Greultaten auf, ich wünsche keinen Wesen auf Erden das er kurz vor seinen Ende, gequalt, gefoltert und mit starken Schmerzen einen 20 Min. Todeskampf durchleben muss. Wir leben in der Neuzeit und da haben Tiere Rechte, das ganze ist nur ein grausames Blutbad für den Stier, ich pfeif auf Traditionen und Sitten eines Volkes. Für mich ist das furchtbare Schaubelustigung der blutsehenden gierigen Menschen, die den Fortschritt irgentwie nicht verstanden haben. Schützt die Tiere dieser Welt !!!!
    Janny Schulze

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