Overview


Animals are exploited for entertainment worldwide. From the slow-death sadism of bullfights and cockfights to the neglect and mistreatment of captive marine and land-dwelling wildlife, animals do not exist for human amusement. You can help by not participating, voicing your objections and supporting HSI's efforts to strengthen laws against this abuse.

Bull

8

Number of countries still hosting bullfights

Cub petting trophy hunting

6k-8k

Lions are suffering in captivity in South Africa

Cockfighting

30 minutes

How long birds might suffer during cockfights

The Issue


Lion petting
Adam Peyman

Every day, Humane Society International is fighting the injustice of cruelty to animals. While each culture has different beliefs and customs, some practices deserve no tolerance. The inhumane use of animals in entertainment is pervasive and includes bullfights, elephant rides, lion walks, cockfights, and marine and land wildlife “performances.” Avoid unwittingly taking part in this mistreatment.

Facts about the use of animals for entertainment:

  • Bullfights are not “fair fights,” but highly staged forms of government-subsidized animal cruelty that perpetuate the idea that torturing and killing animals for amusement is acceptable.
  • The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Convention (UNESCO) recognizes bullfights as “cultural heritage.”
  • Cruelty to animals erodes the fabric of society. In the 21st century, it can no longer hid behind cultural excuses.
  • Wild animals in circuses, traveling shows and attractions often receive insufficient water, food and shelter, lack veterinary care and can become a public safety issue.
  • Camels, elephants, donkeys and horses used for tourism for rides and safaris are often malnourished and physically abused, and suffer open wounds.
  • Elephants rides are cruel. Often stolen from the wild when young, elephants are illegally trafficked, broken after capture, punished with bullhooks, carry excessive weight, suffer sores and diseases, and receive inadequate care.
  • The natural habitat of orcas simply cannot be replicated in captivity.
  • Swimming with dolphins increases demand for captive animals.
  • An ethical question arises especially in dolphins, who are thought to have the intelligence of human toddlers, self-awareness, and the ability to think abstractly.
Ian Bottle/istock

Our Work in Action

Tell tourism operators to stop exploiting captive lions

Act Now
1,269 have acted

Sign our petition to all tourism operators selling trips to South Africa and urge them never to offer cub petting, fake lion volunteering, and walks with lions to unsuspecting tourists.

More You Can Do

1. Sign the pledge: Don't Buy Wild.

2. Say no to elephant rides.

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