Petition urges UK to stop funding bullfights
A new petition has been launched aimed at calling on the British government to end its use of citizens’ money to help fund bullfighting via Spanish farmers. The call comes on the heels of widespread angst and frustration in Europe over the continuation of Spain’s bullfighting industry.
“Every year, £110 million of taxpayer money is given to Spanish farmers who use their pastures to raise fighting bulls. Under the guise of “Common Agriculture Policy,” these federal subsidies are the key support that keeps the bullfighting industry from financial ruin,” reads the petition.
It continues to say that “rejecting bullfighting is about more than revenue: it’s about rejecting torture. “Standard” treatments for fighting bulls include blinding them, beating them, sawing off their horns, administering heavy laxatives, and depriving them of sight, all before the fight.
“Afterwards, as you probably know, the bulls are surrounded by several men and brutally stabbed to death — in what is unarguably the bloodiest spectacle. Even bloodless bullfights conclude with stressed and injured animals who suffer.”
Bullfighting has been a controversial topic in Spain and while animal rights activists have continued to push for an end to the practice, many local governments and municipalities have argued they are “historic cultural” attributes of Spain and should exist.
Going after the money, however, could be a new method in pushing against this “historic” practice.
“Financial analysts and social commentators agree: government funding has no place in heartless bloodsports. Tell the government that we won’t fund their misguided bullfighting subsidies any longer,” the petition continues.
The petition still needs around 10,000 signatures before it is sent to the UK government.
Please sign the petition here.