Dutch Parliament Votes Against EU Bullfighting Subsidies
Yesterday, the Dutch Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution against European Union subsidies which prop up the Spanish bullfighting industry. This excellent move will send a strong and timely signal to the Spanish Parliament, which is currently considering a ludicrous legislative proposal to promote and support bullfighting as a national past-time.
A report issued earlier this year estimated that Spanish bullfighting receives €130 million annually from EU tax payers via subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy. That means that people all over Europe, who would never willingly have anything to do with this cruel blood sport, are indirectly supporting it with their taxes. With yesterday’s resolution, which was initiated by the Dutch Party for Animals with the help of CAS International, Dutch politicians have taken an admirably firm stance against public funding for this inhumane form of “entertainment” – we salute them for their compassion!
This development comes at a key moment in the campaign against bullfighting. The Spanish Parliament is considering introducing a new law that would protect bullfighting as cultural heritage, leading to more public funding for the dying bullfighting industry and the promotion of bullfighting to young children. It could also threaten the hard-won regional bullfighting ban in Catalonia.
All over the world, people have been rallying to oppose this legislation. Today in Pamplona, PETA supporters stripped off to draw attention to how bulls are tormented and murdered after the annual “Running of the Bulls” event. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have been writing to Spanish embassies in their country, with the message that deliberately inflicting pain and suffering on a sentient animal for entertainment is not “culture”.
There will be a hearing in the Spanish Parliament on 10 and 11 July, so if you haven’t sent a message to Spain’s ambassador to the UK yet, please take a moment to do so today, and let him know that bullfighting should be banned, not protected or propped up with public money.