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. Continue reading