Spanish Tourism shamefully promoting bullfighting to Irish holidaymakers
24 July 2015
"Come to Spain and discover the world of bullfighting - you are sure to have fun." This is the shameful message being presented by the Spanish Government's international tourism authority. The tourism body is not only encouraging people to attend bullfights but to also participate in the barbarity, saying "there are many companies in Spain that prepare everything necessary for you to bullfight young cows and bulls".
Earlier this month, the Spanish Tourism Office in Ireland was courting Irish travel writers in an attempt to promote animal cruelty events in Spain. The Dublin-based office wined and dined members of the media in an event to "celebrate" the cruel Pamplona bullrunning festival.
Those who turned up to the Morgan Hotel's penthouse suite were plied with Spanish wine and gifted a red "Pamplona - I like it" neckerchief - the type worn by drunk revellers who partake in the internationally condemned bullrun. Video footage was played at the Dublin gathering, showing the doomed bulls running through the crowds towards their painful fate in the local bullring.
One blogger who attended later presented the bullrun as a "breathtaking race" for the "most daring participants", adding that "The Spanish Tourism Office in Ireland really know how to throw a party". There was no mention of the suffering of the bulls, of course - something that Spanish Tourism was unlikely to have mentioned on the night.
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has contacted members of the media who attended to highlight the cruelty of bullrunning and bullfighting. We are urging them to reject animal cruelty promotions and use their positions to encourage holidaymakers to boycott such events.
The Spanish Tourism website, Spain.info, is clearly keen to attract people of all nationalities to the bullfighting hellholes where animals are brutally tortured and killed. They have translated their pro-bullfighting message into multiple languages, including English, German, Dutch, Italian and French.
The offensive content presented on the page aimed at Irish holidaymakers includes:
By trying to lure holidaymakers into the blood-soaked bullrings, Spanish tourism is complicit in the continuation of this cruelty. As most Spaniards no longer have any interest in bullfighting, it is in many cases the tourists who keep bullrings afloat. If tourism authorities and travel agents stopped pushing tickets on tourists, it would surely spell the end for many bullrings.
Spain is the number one destination for Irish tourists with over 1.3 million visits from Ireland every year. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports believes that by actively promoting bullfighting, Spanish tourism authorities risk repelling many potential visitors who view bullfighting as the abhorrent and unacceptable obscenity that it is.
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Contact the Spanish Tourism Office and make it clear that, as one of the majority opposed to animal cruelty, you find it very offensive that they are actively promoting bullfighting and bullrunning. If their promotion of animal cruelty would make you chose an alternative holiday destination, please point this out in your correspondence.
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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, or your country of residence, to register opposition to bullfighting. Express your desire to see bullfighting banned throughout all of Spain.
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