Sign petition against European subsidies to bullfighting
Bullfights are either prohibited in most countries in the European Union, or do not take place any longer. Three countries of the European Union do have bullfights. Spain and Portugal hold bullfights and have no prohibition at all. In France bullfights are prohibited in general, but many municipalities in the south of the country do host bullfights. These communities are exempted from the law due to the cultural history of bullfighting in this region.
The bullfighting sector receives public funding from the European Union through subsidies that are meant for the agrarian sector. The European Parliament decided in 2015, after intensive lobby by CAS International and other organizations, to stop this funding. But until now, the European Commission has not been able to stop these subsidies because, according to the Commission, these are invisible.
The policy of subsidies is being revised at the moment (2018). CAS expects that during this revision the routing of the money flows will become clear. This transparency will make visible how money from the European Union ends up in the bullfighting sector. When this is clear, it will be possible to stop this money flow, as decided by the European Parliament. Our petition supports the decision of European Parliament to stop this flow of subsidies.
A majority of the European Parliament voted to abolish the subsidies that go to the bullfighting sector. However, the European Commission was not able to realize this because it was, according to them, impossible to extract this from the agricultural subsidies. At this moment the agrarian subsidies are being revised, and this is the opportunity to stop the subsidies that end up in bullfights. I ask you to respect the statement of the European Parliament and to ensure no more money is made available for this type of animal suffering.
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