CAS International (Comité Anti Stierenvechten) is the biggest organization in the world which works exclusively on the abolition of bullfighting and cruel fiestas (festivals) during which bulls and other animals are tortured. Together with our colleague organizations, we want to end this animal abuse as soon as possible.
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Bullfighting is one of the most cruel forms of animal abuse. Every year, more than 250,000 bulls and cows are tortured and killed worldwide during bullfights and similar events.
Also during fiestas ('village festivals'), tens of thousands of bulls and other animals are severely maltreated.
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UN: bullfighting in contravention of the Rights of the Child
The committee for the Rights of the Child of the United Nations has stated that bullfighting is in contravention of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The United Nations will now start to judge whether the bullfighting countries respect the Rights of the Child.
Portugal was the first country to be scrutinized. The country has received two important warnings: the actual minimal age of 12 years for children who are allowed to enroll to bullfighting schools should be higher, as well as the actual minimal age of 6 years for attending a bullfight. In the future, the United Nations will start to censure the other bullfighting countries as well, and it is to be excepted that they will issued the same warnings. The Rights of the Child represent universal values that are applicable to all countries.
The committee for the Rights of the Child is concerned about the physical and mental health of children who attend bullfights and even participate themselves. CAS International is content with the statement of the United Nations. Based on several investigations we know that the witnessing of violence in the arena leads to mental issues, like trauma and the weakening of the moral judgement and empathic capabilities.
Click here to read the committee's report on Portugal.
Tips for tourists
CAS International has made a list of tips for tourists, so you can also help us abolish bullfighting and other cruel events with bulls and other animals as a tourist.
The main tip: never go to a bullfight or a cruel fiesta, like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona!
Please take a look here for more tips.
Videos of bullfights, cruel fiestas and protests of CAS International and others.
In the CAS photo album, you can find photos of protests, bullfighting and cruel fiestas.
CLICK HERE for the photo album.