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End all EU-subsidies for bulls raised to die in bullfights

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This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 29th of October, 2015, and submitted to the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions for official registration at the same date. 

For further information, please visit: http://www.occupyforanimals.net/will-the-eu-commission-respond-in-favor-of-the-eu-parliaments-vote-to-end-eu-subsidies-for-bullfighting.html


On 28th of October, 2015, the European Parliament voted to end EU-subsidies for bullfighting. Now it's up to the EU-Commission to respond to this demand. 

Currently, subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) allow Spanish (and some Portuguese and French) farmers to use Single Farm Payment on hectares used to rear bulls used in the fights. An amendment passed on 8th of October, 2015, means the European Parliament has voted against this use, and was followed by an astonishing victory of 438 votes to 199 (50 abstentions) on the non-binding resolution that says ‘CAP appropriations or any other appropriations from the budget should not be used for the financing of lethal bullfighting activities'.

199 MEPs - of which we will publish the names as soon as they will be made public - voted against the following amendment:

26 c. Reiterates that CAP appropriations or any other appropriations from the budget should not be used for financing lethal bull fighting activities; recalls that such funding is a clear violation of the European Convention for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes (Council Directive 98/58/EC)

The inclusion of the word "lethal" is worrying as it would exclude all the bulls bred, used and abused in the many other sadistic fiestas such as the 'Toro Jubilo', the bull-runs, like the famous and still popular one held in Pamplona and others, as well - and most importantly - the Portuguese bullfights where the bull is/should not be killed in the ring, but is often being killed or simply left to perish behind the scenes, conveniently out of public sight.

According to a 2013 report called 'Torres and Taxes' compiled by Spanish MEPs, no less than €129.6 million were spent by the European Union on subsidising bullfighting each year.

In an article published on the website of the GREEN PARTY, MEP Keith Taylor said:

“I am delighted that MEPs have voted today to stop EU money being used to prop up the bullfighting industry. “Bullfighting is barbaric and cruel and, without the support of misplaced EU farming subsidies, it’s a failing business. While the vote today will not stop bullfighting, it could be a massive blow to the industry - stopping millions of pounds going to those involved.”

Yes, indeed: it COULD be a massive blow. IF the EU-Commission and the 28 Finance Ministers of the EU Member States agree with the Parliament's vote.

That said, in a next step, the Parliament’s report will be sent to the Commission, who in turn will sent it to the Finance Ministers of all 28 Members States, in order to reach an agreement with the European Parliament as to whether the budget appropriations may now still be used to subsidise the breeding of bulls meant to die in bullfights. Or rather not...

With this petition, we are calling on the Commission, and the Finance Ministers of all 28 EU-Member States, to respect the vote of the European Parliament representing the European citizens, and to agree with the European Parliament with respect to the EU budget for 2016 and to stop the budget appropriations that may be used to subsidise activities associated with bullfighting.

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