Yes, shame is the sentiment millions of Spaniards
and other Europeans feel about bull fighting. We also dislike the
fact that we are identified, the world over, with bull fighting
and that it is wrongly associated with our culture. Is bull fighting
not exactly the opposite of Culture?
Our shame rests on these five pillars:
Cultural shame in the eyes of the world:
We are ashamed to be identified, the world over, as the country
which includes the mistreatment of animals (bulls and horses) in
its cultural heritage. We have all, at some time or other, been
the object of ridicule when people from other countries have identified
us with the bull fighter stereotype. We are incapable of explaining
why such brutality continues to exist in our country.
In Spain, without a doubt, we have magnificent writers, musicians,
intellectuals, elite sportsmen and women, investigators plus an
endless list of relevant cultural and scientific activities. They
are largely unknown due to the lack of official backing and sponsorship,
unlike the bull fighters.
Shame in the eyes of the needy:
The tax-payer in Spain is unwittingly and unwillingly paying out
vast subsidies to the bull fighting sector to satisfy a tiny minority’s
morbid lust. At the same time basic heath needs are lacking in funds
as are the areas of communication, universal education and social
security. Please consult the page about low levels of social protection
Shame in the eyes of the animals:
We are weary and ashamed of hearing such arguments as “animals
do not suffer”. Vets and biologists describe the terrible
pain and stress these animals go through from a scientific point
of view. You can consult the many reports which study the suffering
We invite you to look at the photos and hear the cries of pain;
as you will see, you need no scientific background to be able to
interpret them – only a little common sense.
4. Shame in the eyes of our children:
We feel shame when we see that our children are being educated in
an aggressive society which does not respect the environment. We
live in an age shadowed by threats to an ecological balance and
yet we permit the mistreatment of animals. bull fighting is symbolic
of an irresponsible and contradictory attitude.
How are we going to be able to explain to future generations that
our mistreatment of animals has become emblematic of our country.
We must strive for a better future, a better world which is respectful,
compassionate and sustainable.
5. Shamed by the absence of democracy:
The figures speak for themselves. Why should we, the tax-payers
who have reiterated our opposition to bull fighting, have to pay
for the breeding of fighting bulls and the restoration of bull-rings
and the related publicity?
There is 30% support for bull fighting but there is an equal number,
30% against it and the remaining 40% show no interest whatsoever.
How are we to interpret these numbers?
We, 70% of the population, are paying for a bloodthirsty pastime
of a mere fourth of the population of Spain. Is this not a shame
that democracy is so absent? Is it not a shame that not only do
we have to pay for bull fighting but that we also feel ashamed of