We urge you to denounce bullfighting as a cruel and unchristian spectacle, as Pope Pius V did before you. God’s creations shouldn’t be subjected to prolonged suffering and stabbed to death in the name of Catholic saints or during holy Christian celebrations, and members of the Catholic clergy shouldn’t support torture to animals in the name of religion.
As declared in the 2015 Laudato si’, “Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’.” Yet, the Catholic Church’s silence and failure to act with regard to bull torture makes a mockery of Christ’s teachings of kindness and compassion.
Bullfighting is a ritualised execution, which involves repeatedly goading and stabbing a bull until he is weakened and defenceless. A matador will then plunge a sword into the animal’s heart or lungs. It can take many attempts to kill a bull this way, and if the matador fails, a knife will be used to sever the spinal cord. The bull’s ears or tail may even be cut off and kept as a trophy.
Holy Father, before more animals are tortured in this way, please communicate to members of the clergy and the more than 1 billion Catholics around the world that bullfighting is contrary to the values of the Roman Catholic faith and that any association with this grotesquely cruel spectacle in God’s name must cease immediately.