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Wednesday 15 June 2016


Bull-fighting and budgetary aids: the EU on the hot seat after its umpteenth renewal of farming subsidies for the rearing of fighting bulls

Last year, nearly 64 % of the MEPs1 voted to end the credits granted for many years, “to support breeding or rearing of bulls for lethal bull fighting activities“2.

This fine victory was achieved thanks to the outstanding international mobilization of the abolitionists and their campaign for the adoption of the MEP Indrek Tarand's amendment tabled on behalf of the Greens/European Free Alliance group.

Most unfortunately, these efforts were soon shattered. As we found out last February, this long awaited breakthrough was, alas, reduced to its purely symbolic dimension because, practically, it is “not executable“ on the pretext that it “modifies the legal provisions of the CAP“3.

To the best of our knowledge, there is no outlook for an unblocking of this regrettable situation.

The animal friends therefore recognize that it is absolutely unacceptable to let this senseless public money squandering system going on for years to come. Most of the Europeans are opposed to bull fighting but are repeatedly brought to take part against their will (via taxes) in the deplored financings. The latter (estimated at between €130 and €150 million annually released in total disregard for the rules intended to guard farm animals against pointless suffering or harm) could very profitably be redirected. In fact these large sums could for example be put to better use for the development of animal-free alternative testing methods and that of organic farming. So these aids would directly benefit to the common good: the scientific progress, the improvement of public health and food safety instead of keeping the bull torture industry afloat.

(1) At the 28.10.2015 plenary session under the 2016 budget of the European Union: http://www.anticorrida.com/actu/64-des-eurodeputes-votent-la-fin-des-subventions-a-la-tauromachie/

(2) Footnote on page L48/635 of the Official Journal of the European Union – 24.02.2016 (PDF ~32Mo):

(3) ibid.