Alyn Smith MEP has called for an end to the European money that is subsidising bullfighting. Smith and other MEPs said the European Commission should investigate the inappropriate use of European funds.
A new report estimates EU subsidies for bullfighting in Spain amount to at least €129.6 million, mainly through Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) programmes which are supposed to support farmers producing food. Instead they're being used to breed bulls for fighting.
"The animal welfare issues surrounding bullfighting and other cruel fiesta events are well-known. Whether it's a bullfight in Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the Toro de la Vega or the Pamplona Bull Run, the barbarity of this mistreatment of animals cannot be justified and we should not be subsidising them. These blood sports have no place in the 21st century.
"I would normally say that the internal matters of another country are the business of that country and its people but this supposed sport is barbaric. Forty thousands bulls are killed for this bloodlust every year in Europe alone and it is unacceptable to have public money boost the coffers of people who rear cattle just to watch them be tortured to death.
"The EU is committed to animal welfare. It's time to stop supporting this cruelty and end subsidies for farms rearing fighting bulls. Agricultural subsidies should be used to help farmers produce food, not to satisfy an outdated and abhorrent animal sacrifice."
Jennifer Dunn, Senior Public Affairs Officer for the League Against Cruel Sports (Scotland), said:
“The League Against Cruel Sports is completely against the use of EU monies to subsidise bullfighting.
"We are very pleased that Alyn Smith, along with MEPs of many different nationalities and political persuasions, is backing the campaign to stop CAP subsidies being used to rear bulls for fighting. Across Europe, only a tiny minority believe that it is acceptable to use taxpayers’ money to support this barbaric activity.”