BULLFIGHTING We demand in immediate ban!
BULLFIGHTING We demand in immediate ban!
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We demand an immediate ban!
This terrible spectacle, a so-called “tradition“ must finally come to an end. Most enlightened and modern Europeans demand an end of this horrible torturing of animals.
Bullfighting is one of the worst and most embarrassing activities of our civilization. An innocent living being is tortured to his death with thousands of spectators jeering and applauding.
Unfortunately, the European Union (EU) cannot intervene directly, as provided in Article 13 a of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).
“In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage“.
End of the quotation.
Bullfighting is a so-called tradition that rather belongs to the age of barbarism than to the 21st century.
According to Article 13 a the EU has no direct influence in this case.
However, the EU could influence the prohibition of bullfighting by ways of agricultural subsidies and structural funds.
That is exactly, what this petitions to the EU is about.
Most Europeans, most Spaniards included, do not want to support this barbaric and murderous spectacle any more, neither in Spain, nor France nor in Portugal or wherever this atrocity happens.
The EU does not fund bullfighting directly. However, a part of the 55 billion euros of direct subsidies for agricultural land goes to farmers, who breed the so-called fighting bulls.
It is estimated by the Green Party, that subsidies amounting to 130 million euros directly or indirectly support bullfighting every year.
QUOTATION from the German daily paper “taz” (Tageszeitung):
“The comparison of the member list of the breeders' association UCTL with the Spanish data bank of subsidies by the taz showed, that at least 200 of the 1,400 registered breeders in the year 2009 received a total of about 26 million euros from the EU. That meant an average of 130,000 euros for every breeder, of which the German taxpayers shouldered 20 per cent.”
End of the quotation (Published 18. 11. 2010 Author Jost Maurin).
Unfortunately, it is furthermore to be feared, that apart from the quoted agricultural subsidies the Member States use other money from the structural funds of the Union indirectly to finance bullfighting or for the modernization and the maintenance of the bullfighting arenas.
The European Commission, which is responsible for the implementation of structural policy at European level, unfortunately will not be able to specifically answer this question, because the Member States themselves chose the projects to be supported. A more than questionable practice.
These hidden subsidies of bullfighting of course are paid from taxpayers money from all over the EU, too, and they are not in the interest of most of the EU citizens, as repeatedly shown in surveys. Consequently, the EU's citizens have the right to have their say in this matter.
It cannot be the task of the European taxpayer to finance animal cruelty.
My co-signatories and I demand, that the EU in general make the payment and the amount of agricultural and structural funds dependent on whether they will be used to promote animal cruelty or not. If these subsidies support animal cruelty, then they may no more or only at a suitably lesser extent be paid. It is absolutely certain, that bullfighting is cruelty committed to animals, and this must be clear even to those people, who do not deal with the well-being of animals.
Once it is certain, that a Member State promotes animal cruelty and the torturing of animals, which is the undoubted case with bullfighting, then the administrative efforts required to prohibit bullfighting, which are often used as a counter-argument to prevent a bullfighting ban, are very limited.
Petitioner Hans Joachim Richter
as well as the co-signatories of this EU petition
When the new European Parliament is elected and has incorporated itself, about October / November 2019, this petition will be presented to the EU Petitions Committee as an EU petition.