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 These outdated spectacles perpetuate the idea that injuring and killing an animal for amusement is acceptable.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.
September 4, 2014
Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted to halt EU funding funneled to those who breed bulls for bullfights. Humane Society International welcomed the vote and, in advance of a full plenary vote, called on all MEPs to speak out against the bloodsport.
November 6, 2013
A coalition of six international animal welfare organisations expressed dismay at the decision by members of the Spanish Senate in favour of legislation that will see bullfighting promoted and protected by the State.
November 6, 2013
HSI is urging the Constitutional Court of Colombia to respect the decision issued last year by Bogota’s Mayor to ban bullfighting in the city.
October 2, 2013
The decision of the Spanish Congress to protect bullfighting and grant it cultural heritage status has been condemned by international animal protection organisations.