Alyn has started a campaign calling for an end to the European money that is subsidising bullfighting. Alyn 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.
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 Agricultural subsidies should be used to help farmers produce food, not to satisfy an outdated and abhorrent animal sacrifice.