Friday 30th September 2016                 Change text size:

European Parliament Votes to End EU Subsidies for Bullfighting Activities



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Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of ending EU subsidies to farmers who specifically breed bulls for bullfights.

Dr Joanna Swabe, HSI/Europe’s executive director, issued the following statement: “Bullfighting is a cruel practice that inflicts a great amount of pain and suffering on bulls. While the EU cannot legislate to ban bullfighting, it can stop granting farming subsidies to bull breeders.

“These subsidies are indirectly helping to keep the cruel practice of bullfighting alive. We applaud the fact that MEPs have sent a clear signal to the European Commission that it is unacceptable for EU funds to be used to finance any part of an industry that involves the torture of sentient animals for public entertainment, even if it is indirectly.”

A majority of MEPs voted in favour of an amendment to a Parliamentary report on the General Budget of the EU for 2016, which was tabled by Estonian MEP Indrek Tarand on behalf of the Greens/EFA group. This amendment demands that “CAP appropriations or any other appropriations from the budget should not be used for the financing of lethal bullfighting activities”.

Within the space of just three days, more than 20,000 EU citizens signed HSI/Europe’s petition to MEPs urging them to support this amendment.

HSI/Europe calls on the European Commission to respond to the European Parliament’s demands and to ensure that EU subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy are no longer granted to the bull breeders in Spain, France and Portugal who supply animals used for bullfights.


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