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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 These outdated spectacles perpetuate the idea that injuring and killing an animal for amusement is acceptable.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.


  • November 10, 2015

    HSI Applauds Mexican Senate for Working to Improve Animal Welfare Legislation

    HSI applauded the Mexican Senate for conducting a forum to discuss ways to contribute to the enactment of comprehensive animal welfare legislation at the federal level.

  • October 28, 2015

    European Parliament Votes to End EU Subsidies for Bullfighting Activities

    Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of ending EU subsidies to farmers who specifically breed bulls for bullfights. Joanna Swabe, Ph.D., Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director, issued the following statement:

  • August 25, 2015

    Coahuila Prohíbe las Corridas de Toros

    Coahuila se convirtió en el tercer estado mexicano en prohibir las corridas de toros tras una votación en el Congreso de 16 a 5 a favor de reformar el Artículo 20 de la Ley de Protección Animal local. Humane Society International recibió con agrado la noticia.

  • August 25, 2015

    Coahuila, Mexico Bans Bullfighting

    Coahuila became Mexico’s third state to ban bullfighting after Congress voted 16-5 last Friday in favor of reforming article 20 of the local Animal Protection Law. Humane Society International applauded the move.

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