Every year, approximately 250,000 bulls are killed in bullfights. The animals are stabbed multiple times before suffering slow, agonizing deaths in front of an audience, including children. Animal cruelty is not entertainment. You can help by not attending bullfights.
Bullfights are not "fair fights" between a bull and a matador, but highly staged forms of animal cruelty, sanctioned and subsidized by governments. These outdated spectacles perpetuate the idea that injuring and killing an animal for amusement is acceptable. With attendance at an all-time low and bans enacted by several countries and cities, bullfighting is on the decline; yet events still take place in Spain, France, Portugal, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. HSI is focusing in particular on ending government use of public funds to support the bullfighting industry. In addition, we are working to end child bullfighting.
May 23, 2013
Bullfighting is a horrible spectacle of animal abuse that ends in the slow and tortuous death of an animal. In the 21st century, wanton animal cruelty can no longer hide behind cultural excuses.
April 23, 2013
Bullfight Opinion Poll: As Spain Debates ‘Support for Bullfighting’ Bill, Most Spaniards Oppose Use of Public Funds for Cruel, Waning Bloodsport
As the Spanish Parliament debates a proposed new law to declare bullfighting a cultural heritage, an Ipsos MORI public opinion poll commissioned by HSI reveals that the majority of Spaniards do not approve of public funds being used for the bloodsport and that three quarters of the population haven’t attended a bullfight in the last five years.
February 13, 2013
HSI has expressed concern as the Spanish House of Representatives approved the passage of a legislative proposal supported by bullfighting enthusiasts to protect and promote bullfighting nationwide.
June 15, 2012
Humane Society International Commends Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro for Supporting Culture over Cruelty
HSI supports Bogota, Colombia Mayor Gustavo Petro’s initiative to transform Bogota’s bullfighting arena into a platform for cultural and educational events that exclude torture, cruelty and death.