Petition to Ban the Use of Horses in Bullfighting

It is shocking that in the modern world the barbaric sport of bullfighting is still considered “entertainment.”

Thankfully, many people no longer see it that way and as a result the industry is slowly dying. Yet worldwide approximately 250,000 bulls are killed every year in bullfights.

Last year, Madrid dealt a huge blow to the industry by ending the $66,000 subsidy that fueled a matador school, Marical Lalanda Academy.

More recently, Colombia moved to bring back bullfighting for the first time in four years, but thanks to massive protests it was decided that the sport may violate laws regarding the mistreatment of animals.

Animal activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting in Colombia. © India Today.
Animal activists lie on the ground during a protest against bullfighting in Colombia. © India Today.

Unfortunately, even though the times are changing bullfighting still happens, and although most understand the suffering a bull endures in this cruel gladiatorial sport, many are unaware of what the horses go through.

Horses in bullfights are often older animals who are sold to the industry after serving their whole lives, either as racehorses or in other industries.

Although horses are given protective covering known as a “peto,” which resembles a poncho, it does little to guard them from being gored by bulls.

When the bullfight starts, horses are blindfolded and have their nose and ears stuffed with cotton and Vaseline to deprive them of their senses so that they cannot scream in fear when the bulls approach them, or when they suffer pain. So the public does not even realize when these animals suffer. To take the cruelty a step further, some horses even have their vocal cords removed or severed so they cannot cry out in fear or pain.

The following series of images shows a terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal.

As the bull charged, the matador tried to stab it in the back with a spear but the bull continued its run, dropped its head and hit it in the barrel. The matador tried to hang on to his horse as the animal fell onto his side. The horse reared up, and was struck a second and a third time by the bull which had to be lured away from the scene.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

This is the terrible moment in Valencia, Spain when a horse was seriously injured during a bullfight after he was gored by the rampaging animal. Reported by the Daily Mail.

Even if his injuries were not life threatening, the horse was most likely destroyed or taken to the local abattoir, being of no further use.

Although bullfighting is considered to be part of tradition in many cultures, the fact that something has been done for hundreds of years says nothing about whether or not it is ethical.

Not only does bullfighting end tragically for bulls who are killed at the end of the fight, the horses in the industry are never given the opportunity to live the life of peace they deserve.

Imagine this.

If 250,000 bulls are killed every year in bullfights, that means at least a quarter of a million horses are exposed to this dangerous and terrifying ordeal annually.

If all this appalls you, it is time to make your voice heard. Sign this petition to end the use of horses in bullfighting and share it so that others can learn about this little-known part of the industry.

Thank you.

SOURCES

Content:
One Green Planet; The Millenial Report; The India Times; The Daily Mail.

Images: Protesters, © India Today. Bullfight in Valencia, Spain, Splash News.

19 thoughts on “Petition to Ban the Use of Horses in Bullfighting”

  1. Disgusting, barbaric little men abuse animals. It’s about time this horrendous practice was got rid of!!!!!
    Appalling cruelty

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  2. Please stop with all of this animal cruelty and abuse! Animals are sentient beings and there is no need for all of this cruelty. Especially in today’s age when we know better!

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  3. What has gone wrong with people? have they always been cruel evil b!!!!! that all this cruelty they put these poor animals through doesn’t bother them in the least, how do these sadistic people sleep at night?. Let’s hope when there day of reckoning comes there will be a nice hot place waiting for them.

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  4. Absolutely barbaric. Spain is a country to boycott. I read the horses have their vocal chords cut so they can’t scream. Perhaps that doesn’t happen all the time, it is beyond comprehension how people will fill an entire stadium to watch this gory, cruel spectacle.

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  5. Please please please stop this dreadful cruelty to both bulls and horses – the horses especially must be terrified if blindfolded and deafened to what is happening – please PLEASE STOP THIS

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  6. Very sick of the people who attend as well as the people putting on the show. Its a shame to God. Evil is the word I must use. This is criminal behavior. I could throw up, cant imagine anyone hurting my horses.It would not take place, they are in my protection. I am so sorry for these animals, both the bull and the horses.

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  7. Barbaric dispicable human beings! Stop this deplorable behavior. You are disgusting and those that attend these events are just as evil. You should be too humiliated to even show your faces in public. SPAIN AND MEXICO’S abhorrent SHAME!!

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  8. This is so sickeningly cruel. What really upsets me is that the horse is blindfolded and is completely defenceless and filled with terrible fear. Not only unforgiveable torture for the bull but the horse as well. Even if a horse doesn’t get injured, how must he be feeling being blindfolded, smelling the blood coming from the bull with cruel people cheering! What’s wrong with these Spaniards to allow this to take place. The previous King of Spain boasted about killing an elephant in Africa.

    SHAME on the country of Spain and all the other countries that partake in this barbaric activity. And good on those protestors in Colombia! Anyone who is associated with bullfighting is a sadist!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn for your input here.

      Spain is at the top of my list of countries I wouldn’t want to live in if I were a horse. Disgusting. Criminal. And they use horses for all sorts of religious rituals too like making them run through the center of blazing fires. We are beginning to catalogue them.

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