Why PETA Wants Kids Banned From Bullfights

Posted by on May 20, 2024 | Permalink

Did you know that a Spanish bullfighting management company is promoting free tickets to bullfights for children under 8 years old? This is a desperate attempt to attract more onlookers to the barbaric slaughter of bulls at Seville’s Maestranza.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

As unscrupulous businesses are preying on young people, PETA is urging the mayor of Seville, José Luis Sanz Ruiz, to keep children safe by banning them from attending bullfights.

Children Should NOT Witness Violence

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child – whose convention has been ratified by Spain – recognises the impact that witnessing violence against animals can have on children:

“Children must be protected from all forms of physical and psychological violence and from exposure to violence, such as domestic violence or violence inflicted on animals.”

– The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Watching animals being killed for human entertainment can leave impressionable young people profoundly disturbed and desensitise them to animal suffering. It can teach them that the lives of others are not valuable and that it is acceptable – even enjoyable – to inflict pain and torment on others.

In a typical bullfight, assailants on horses drive lances into a bull’s back and neck before others plunge banderillas into his back, inflicting acute pain and impairing his range of motion.

Eventually, when the bull becomes weak from blood loss, a matador appears and attempts to kill the animal by plunging a sword into his lungs or, if that fails, cutting his spinal cord with a knife.

What You Can Do

Never attend a bullfight, and call on everyone you know to stay far away from these bloody and archaic spectacles.

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