Dutch Parliament Votes Against European Union Subsidizing Bullfighting
Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

From League Against Cruel Sports
August 2013

Initiated by the Dutch Party for Animals, this move sends a timely signal towards the Spanish Parliament, which is currently debating whether to award bullfighting the status of intangible cultural heritage.

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On the 4th July the Dutch Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution against EU subsidies that support the Spanish bullfighting industry

Initiated by the Dutch Party for Animals, this move sends a timely signal towards the Spanish Parliament, which is currently debating whether to award bullfighting the status of intangible cultural heritage.

On July 10 and 11th, a hearing took place in the Spanish Parliament. A vote will now likely be set for early September. If Spain vote to grant bullfighting Intangible Cultural Heritage status, this would mean more public funding for the bullfighting industry and the promotion of bullfighting to young children. Furthermore, it would threaten the regional bans on bullfighting in Catalonia and in the Canary Islands.

In a report issued earlier this year, it was estimated that the Spanish bullfighting industry receive approximately 130 million euro annually from EU tax payers via subsidies under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. With the unanimous adoption of the resolution, the Dutch Parliament takes a firm stance against such public funding in support of this cruel and outdated entertainment.

If you haven't already done so, please contact the Spanish embassy to ask them not to protect bullfighting. You can also download our postcard from our website or call us to request postcards to give to friends and family.


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