EU subsidies to bullfighting industry "must stop"
'Stop the Subsides' campaign launched by UK charity
The League Against Cruel Sports has today launched its ‘Stop the Subsides’ campaign to take action against UK taxpayers’ money being ploughed into the bullfighting industry through European Union payments.
The charity which campaigns for a global end to bullfighting, estimates that farms which breed bulls for bullfights receive at least €42 million a year in subsidies from the European Union. These subsidies are dispensed through the Common Agricultural Policy, to which the UK contributes billions of pounds each year.
League chief executive Douglas Batchelor said: “It is absurd that British taxpayers are subsidising the bullfighting industry. Bullfighting has been banned in the UK since 1835, so why is our tax money being used to prop up this cruel sport in Europe?”
Mr Batchelor added, “The European Union should be a force for development and progress. Bullfighting belongs in the middle ages. We want to send a strong message to European decision-makers that bullfighting has no place whatsoever in a modern, civilised world.”
A giant bull handed over a postcard to a representative of the European Commission at their London office earlier this week. The League is encouraging its supporters to send a postcard to the offices of the European Commission in London, outlining their concerns about bullfighting subsidies. Supporters can also send an “online” postcard.