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Holidaymakers - make your holiday cruelty-free!

This summer, Irish holidaymakers have the opportunity to help bring to an end one of the world's cruellest blood "sports". Bullfighting - which savagely claims the lives of thousands of bulls every year - subjects each of its victims to the most horrific of suffering.

You can help abolish this activity by boycotting the bullrings in Spain and other bullfighting countries.

Each bullfight involves the slow torture to death of six or more bulls. The terror begins behind the scenes, before the fight, when the bull is severely handicapped. Cotton wool is stuffed into its nose to hamper breathing, vaseline is smeared into its eyes to blur vision and its horns are often painfully filed down to distort its sense of direction.

The worst is yet to come however. Once in the arena, horseback riders weaken the bull by stabbing its neck and shoulders with long, sharp lances. Then, to make it lower its head into the typical charging pose, six hooked spears are forcefully driven into its neck muscles. The cruelty culminates with a fatal stabbing through the heart with a sword.

Afterwards, the bull's ears and tail are cut off and thrown to the crowd. Horses are also victims, often being gutted, gored and killed in this sadistic routine.

Bullrings in holiday spots survive thanks to ticket sales to unsuspecting tourists. Many are disgusted at what they see and regret having supported such barbarity. Now that you know the full facts about bullfighting, please decide now to make your holiday cruelty-free. With your help, bullfighting can soon become a thing of the past.

Bullfighting countries

Among the countries which allow bullfighting are Spain, Portugal, France, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. In the USA and Canada, a bloodless form of Portuguese-style bullfighting is practised.