Travel Companies: Stop encouraging holidaymakers to visit bullfights
STA Travel asked to stop suggesting bullring visit
Bookable Holidays - trip to bullfight is "great day trip"
Ticketmaster urged to stop selling bullfighting tickets
365 Tickets urged to stop selling bullring tour tickets
Budget Travel asked to stop encouraging visit to bullring
Download ADDA petition
Fodor's urged to stop directing tourists to bullfights
Ask CheapHolidays to stop encouraging tourists to “watch a bull fight”
Ask "On The Beach" to stop presenting visit to bullfight as “thing to do”
Register opposition to bullfighting with Spanish Embassy
ICABS is calling on Bookable Holidays Ltd to stop presenting a visit to a bullfight as a "great day trip".
On its website, the company says: "Great Day Trips - The bullring hosts 16 bullfights a year"
Ask Bookable to remove this bullfighting reference from its website.
Tel: 0844 571 2451
365tickets.com is being urged to stop selling tickets for a tour of a bullring where bulls are brutally tortured and killed.
On its website, the company says that Plaza Monumental de las Ventas is "the international centre of bullfighting" and that those who go on the tour "will discover a place which is emblematic of the heart and soul of bullfighting, where the world’s finest matadors present their artistry and skill".
The tour description presented on the website shockingly refers to bullfighting as a "magnificent spectacle" and invites people to discover "not only the bullring itself but also the basics of bullfighting".
"The bullring in Madrid showcases the traditions and passion of the fight, more than 23,000 spectators thrill at the skills of the Matadors and the sheer power and beauty of the magnificent bulls," it adds.
ICABS has told 365 Tickets about the suffering endured by bulls in bullfighting and urged them to watch a video which shows a bleeding, exhausted bull being killed with a sword at Las Ventas bullring.
"How can 365 Tickets justify selling tickets for tours of this venue when you are aware that it is one of the world's worst animal cruelty blackspots?" we asked.
Elsewhere on the 365 Tickets website, "bulls" is listed as one of "the best attractions of Spain".
Ask 365 Tickets to stop selling tickets for tours of a bullfighting venue.
6 New Street
Jersey JE2 3RA
Tel: 0901 8100365 (UK, charged at 25p/min 08:30-17:30, 08:30-13:00 weekends)
Tel: +44 1534 739663 (Rest of World, charged at international rates 08:30-17:30, 08:30-13:00 weekends)
A tortured bull is mercilessly killed with a sword at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. Warning: Graphic content.
Warning: Contains graphic scenes of animal cruelty
Budget Travel is being asked to stop encouraging holidaymakers to attend bullfights and bullruns. On its website, the Dublin-based company lists "bull fights" as a holiday attraction.
On a Costa del Sol web page, Budget Travel describes a bullring as a "cultural attraction" - "Go to Malaga to visit some of the astonishing cultural attractions like The Picasso Museum or the bull ring. It’s a gorgeous way to get a glimpse of Spain’s roots and heritage."
Elsewhere, Budget recommends a visit to the infamous Pamplona bullrun where bulls are chased through the streets and later tortured and killed in the local bullring - "Be part of the legendary Running of the Bulls on our 7 day Pamplona experience in the exciting opening week...Highlights: Dress up in traditional red and white and run like a local in the Running of the Bulls, Watch the bulls run from the Plaza de Toros (bull ring)...What's included: Guided walking tour of Pamplona – See...the famous bullring."
ICABS has told Budget Travel about the cruelty of bullfighting and the fact that most tourists lured in to bullrings by holiday operators are left shocked and disgusted at bloody violence they witness. Also highlighted was the suffering caused to bulls used in the Pamplona bullrun and the torture and death that awaits them in the local bullring.
Contact Budget Travel and urge them to stop encouraging holiday makers to attend bullfights and bullruns.
|Holiday from Hell: Budget Travel is presenting bullfighting as a holiday attraction.|
Please download, sign and collect signatures for ADDA's important petition which calls on the Spanish Government to scrap plans to consider declaring bullfighting as intangible cultural heritage. Send signed petitions to ADDA, c/ Bailen, 164 bajos, 08037 Barcelona, Spain.
Travel guide publisher, Fodor's, has been asked to stop directing tourists to bullfights. On its website, the company suggests attending a bullfight, saying that "Spanish toreros delight the crowds". It also presents details of where tickets can be purchased.
Fodor's is not only shamefully recommending a visit to a bullfight but also suggesting that tourists should tip the ushers working at bullrings. In the 2013 edition of its Spain travel guide, it states "tour guides should be tipped about 2 euro, ushers at bullfights 15 to 20 cents".
Fodor's has been reminded that bullfighting is a horrendous activity which results in enormous suffering for bulls and horses and that the activity is opposed by millions of people across the world, including a majority in Spain, Portugal, etc.
In a complaint to Fodors, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports stated: "We believe it is inappropriate for a travel guide company to encourage tourists to visit a bullfight because many tourists who visit a bullring out of curiosity come away disgusted and upset at what they witness. It effectively casts a dark shadow across their whole holiday experience."
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If you choose to holiday in a bullfighting country (Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela), please do not visit bullfighting arenas or museums. Avoid purchasing any bullfight-related souvenirs. Join the international campaign against bullfighting. Please register your opposition to this horrific blood sport with the governments and political representatives of bullfighting countries as well as to the local Ambassadors.
Contact the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland to register your opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned throughout all of Spain.
The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Embassy of Spain
17A Merlyn Park, Dublin 4.
Tel 1: +353 (0)1 2691640
Tel 2: +353 (0)1 2692597
Fax: +353 (0)1 269 1854
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