Next week, on Wednesday the 22nd October the European Union will vote on budgets for 2015. Each year the European Union provides an estimated £110 million through Common Agriculture Policy payments to farmers who breed bulls for bullfights.
£13.5 million comes from the UK alone. Yes, this means that some of your hard earned tax is helping to support this barbaric industry.
Next Wednesday your MEP will have an opportunity to support and vote for an amendment to prohibit the use of European funds to support farmers who breed bulls for bullfights.
Green MEP Indrek Tarand has tabled a proposal to prohibit European subsidies being used to support these farmers. This amendment will be voted on in the European Parliament next Wednesday, with a roll call vote. That means that we will know exactly who supports these subsidies and who does not.
The European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes is clear: Animals should not suffer pain, injury, fear or distress.
Farmers breeding bulls to be tortured slowly for public display can never comply with these conditions and therefore should not be eligible for agricultural subsidies.
Bullfighting relies heavily on the backing of European funds and also funds from Spanish Administrations. Without these payments, trends show that this bloodthirsty industry would be on the brink of collapse.
We need to demonstrate political and public support against the use of our taxes being used in this way.
Please contact your MEP and urge that they vote to stop European subsidies for bullfighting on Wednesday and please do let us know how they respond by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can choose to contact any or all of your MEPs that are listed as there will be several representing your region.
You can find out who your MEPs are by going to www.writetothem.com and entering your postcode.
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