EU bullfighting subsidy | UK | News | Daily Express
TENS of millions of pounds of taxpayers’_x0080__x0099_ money has been used to fund _x0080__x009c_barbaric bullfighting in Spain, according to a Scottish MEP.
Alyn Smith said the EU had given at least £110million in subsidies to Spanish fighting bull breeders, mainly through the controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
He is now calling for the European Commission to investigate and launched a petition calling for the loophole to be closed.
The SNP MEP said: “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 space in the 21st century.”
It is thought fighting bull breeders can receive up to £190 per animal from the EU on top of their national subsidies.
It’s great to see an MEP speak out on this issue. The Spanish government want to justify getting EU funding to support their bullfighting industry by claiming it is of ‘cultural’ importance. But there is nothing cultural or traditional about slaughtering bulls for sport, and the majority of Spanish people don’t support it. This funding must be stopped.