Tell UNESCO:
Bullfighting is Not Culture; It is Cruelty

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Originally Posted: 4 June 2011

Tell UNESCO:
Bullfighting is Not Culture; It is Cruelty

[Ed. Note: Watch Bullfighting: From the moment the bull enters the ring, he is destined to die.]

FROM The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) preserves many expressions of genuine Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Please let UNESCO know that you would never support a move to accept bullfighting, or any other act of animal cruelty, as a practice worthy of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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And/Or make direct contact:

UNESCO Headquarters is established in Paris. Offices are located in two places in the same area:

7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris
07 SP France

1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris
Cedex 15 France

General phone +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

To: UNESCO

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Animal Cruelty
Bullfighting is not culture; it is cruelty

I am concerned that several political bodies have begun the process to recognise bullfighting and bull fiestas as cultural heritage assets.

Whilst I applaud the important work that UNESCO undertakes to preserve many expressions of cultural heritage, I would never support a move to accept bullfighting, or any other act of animal cruelty, as a practice worthy of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Within the countries in which these acts of animal cruelty take place there are large caring communities that oppose such blatant acts against sentient animals. Recent opinion polls have shown that bullfighting is not supported by the majority of citizens.

I would like to join you in celebrating many expressions of cultural heritage, but I could never celebrate animal suffering. Bullfighting is not culture, it is cruelty.

I trust that UNESCO would never give a veneer of respectability to the torment and stabbing to death of animals -- animal cruelty can never be an acceptable form of cultural heritage.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!