The League Against Cruel Sports campaigns to stop bullfighting and all other cruel fiesta events involving animals, such as the Pamplona Bull Run and the Toro del Fuego.
Bullfighting takes place in a relatively small number of countries across the world including Spain, Portugal, France, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and the USA.
A much higher number of countries have banned bullfighting by law. These countries include Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Two years ago (22nd April 2011), the Ministry of Culture in France announced that bullfights had been identified as an intangible cultural heritage.
This year, on the 12th February 2013, the Spanish House of Representatives approved the passage of a legislative proposal, backed by the pro-bullfighting lobby, to consider protecting bullfighting as an intangible cultural heritage.
Following these developments, we have formed an emergency coalition to help challenge the proceedings in Spain and show our support from the UK and internationally. We are working closely with Humane Society International (HSI), World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and CAS International and La Tortura No Es Cultura
Despite politicians in both houses submitting amendments and speaking out against the cruelty of bullfighting, on 6th November 2013, the Spanish Senate voted in favour of the legislation to protect bullfighting
. Adopted by 144 votes for, to 26 against, with 54 abstentions – the proposal will now become law. This means bullfighting will be promoted and protected by the State in Spain with the cruel spectacle being recognised as cultural heritage, allowing the use of public funds to sustain the industry despite substantial opposition from the Spanish public.
The Senate's decision follows a vote by the Congress of Deputies in October which also supported the legislation.
Along with our bullfighting coalition partners, we will continue in our work to educate people on the realities of bullfighting, and to campaign for a future when this abhorrent activity is banned world-wide.
Related Bullfighting News
7th November - Spain's image tarnished as politicians vote to protect bullfighting cruelty
24th October - Actress Pamela Anderson says #LoveSpainHateBullfights
3rd October - Spanish Congress Votes to Protect Bullfighting: International animal welfare groups condemn decision
11th September - Anti-bullfighting campaigners meet Spanish politicians to discuss protection of bullfighting initiative
4th September - Elen Rivas Presents Anti-Bullfighting Petition at Spanish Embassy
17th May - Britain continues to fund Spanish bullfights to the tune of £13.5m a year
17th May - the League visits Madrid
22nd April - Help stop the cruelty from becoming culture