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Dublin-based company recommending bullfight visit
10 July 2007

An online reservations company is recommending that visitors to Spain "check out a bullfight" while on holidays . On one of its websites, Dublin-based Web Reservations International even highlights what it refers to as "the best place in Spain to watch a bullfight".

In a letter to the company's CEO, ICABS appealed for the bullfighting references to be removed.

"Those who pick up on the suggestions on the Webres websites are likely to see injured animals stumbling around bullfighting arenas gasping for breath and with blood spurting from their backs, mouths and nostrils," we stated. "With this in mind, we hope you can agree that it is inappropriate to publicise bullfighting or suggest it as a holiday activity."

Also pointed out was a comment from a tourist posted on one of Web Reservations' sites - "I was prepared for the worst but still found it shocking, disgusting and cruel. I left about half way through after seeing one man being horrifically injured and 3 bulls massacred. It is disgusting and should not be allowed to take place in 2007."

Among the bullfighting references displayed on the Web Reservations International websites are:

  • "Make sure you watch the bullfight. Buy your ticket well in advance"
  • "Why not check out a bullfight in the huge Plaza de Toros"
  • "The world's largest bullring, this is the best place in Spain to watch a bullfight".
  • "Seville has all the great things Madrid and Barcelona have been trying to leave behind - siestas, bullfights..."


Contact the CEO of Web Reservations International and ask him to ensure that his company stops publicising bullfighting on its websites.

Sample Letter
(Please compose your own personal letter if possible. If you do not have time to do this, please send the short sample letter below. Be assertive, but polite, in all correspondence. Thank you.)

Ray Nolan
Web Reservations International
Charlemont Exchange
Charlemont Street
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 4980700
Fax: +353 1 4980715

Dear Mr Nolan,

Several references to bullfighting appear on websites run by Web Reservations International. As bullfighting is a horrendous form of animal cruelty, I appeal to your company to show compassion and stop publicising this activity.

Thank you. I hope you can issue a positive reply.

Yours sincerely,


Photos: Bullfighting barbarity

As part of our appeal to Web Reservations International, the following images have been emailed to the company.

Bullfighting Gallery - Image 2
A bull bleeding from its mouth and body moments before being killed with a sword. (Photo: ADDA)

Bullfighting Gallery - Image 11
A bull winces in pain as spiked banderillas are stuck into its back. (Photo: RSPCA)

Bullfighting in France - Image 15
A matador prepares to stick a sword into the gap between the bull's shoulder blades. The severely wounded animal is seen here panting for breath moments before being killed during a French bullfight. (Image: Comite Radicalement Anti Corrida)

Bullfighting in France - Image 2
An injured bull bleeding during a bullfight in the south of France. (Image: Comite Radicalement Anti Corrida)

Bullfighting in France - Image 5
A bull runs across the bullring in pain as spiked banderillas dig into its flesh. (Image: Comite Radicalement Anti Corrida)

Bullfighting in France - Image 7
A bull leaps in pain as the banderillas stick into his back. (Image: Comite Radicalement Anti Corrida)

Bullfighting in France - Image 13
Another victim of French bullfighting: A bull collapses on to the ground as blood cascades from its nose. (Image: Comite Radicalement Anti Corrida)

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