4 Ways to Protect Bulls on Anti-Bullfighting Day and Beyond

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On World Anti-Bullfighting Day (June 25), do your part to speak up for the thousands of bulls who are ritualistically slaughtered in bloody bullfights every year. Like all our other fellow animals, bulls want to live in peace—and they need your help.

Here are four simple ways you can take action for bulls on World Anti-Bullfighting Day and beyond.

1. Educate your friends and family about the cruelty of bullfights.

Proponents of bullfighting often mischaracterize bulls to try to justify slaughtering them in cruel spectacles—but these sensitive, social animals would never choose to participate in ritualized bloodbaths. If you know anyone who attends or watches bullfights, explain to them that bulls are feeling individuals who, in nature, form complex social structures and are protective of their fellow herd members. Bulls used in bullfights often endure painful, prolonged deaths.

In a typical bullfight, humans repeatedly stab and mutilate bulls until they’re too weak and disoriented from blood loss to defend themselves. Many bulls are still conscious—but paralyzed—when they’re dragged out of an arena. To drive home the message that bullfighting is torture, not culture, share PETA Latino’s bullfighting PSA on social media:

2. Pledge never to attend or watch a bullfight.

The bullfighting industry relies on viewers, which means you can help simply by not being one. Don’t attend a bullfight, watch one on TV, or participate in events like Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls.

3. Attend an anti-bullfighting protest.

Every voice helps send a powerful message to bullfighting advocates and elected officials. From firing off red smoke grenades in Lima, Peru, to holding a vigil for slaughtered bulls in Tijuana, Mexico, PETA and other bull defenders have made it clear that the anti-bullfighting front continues to gain momentum. Join PETA’s Action Team to get involved in future protests, or organize your own demonstration with our help.

4. Urge respected leaders to take action.

The growing opposition to bullfighting around the globe has led to bans on the cruel spectacle in many places, including the Mexican states of Coahuila, Guerrero, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Sonora as well as Colombia. These violent exhibitions are still being held in seven countries: Ecuador, France, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Venezuela. In Spain, an estimated 35,000 bulls are killed in bullfights every year. Call on Pope Francis to condemn the torture of bulls:

two bulls showing affection

Protect Bulls Every Day

For PETA and other bull defenders around the world, every day is Anti-Bullfighting Day. Share this page on social media to keep the momentum going!

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