European Council Fails to End Bullfighting Subsidies – but This Is Not the End

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Last week, following a historic vote in the European Parliament, we urged European Union finance ministers to act to end EU subsidies for bullfighting.

Sadly, that didn’t happen – but this is just one setback in a campaign that’s gaining momentum all the time.

PETA France protests EU bullfighting subsidies

In October, 438 out of 687 MEPs in the European Parliament voted in favour of an amendment to the EU budget that would stop more than €100 million in EU agricultural subsidies from going to support bullfights. This was a huge step forward, especially considering that the Parliament had rejected similar proposals time and time again in previous years.

But changes to the budget also have to be approved by the Council of the European Union, in the form of a committee made up of finance ministers and selected MEPs. Unfortunately, despite hearing from thousands of compassionate Europeans, the Council didn’t include the amendment in its final agreement, meaning that, frustratingly, the subsidies will continue for at least another year.

This is certainly a disappointment but one that can be overcome. The Council didn’t reject the amendment on principle but rather on the grounds that the regulations surrounding the Common Agricultural Policy would make it difficult to implement the change. It may take a little longer to untangle the complex processes that allow farmers to use taxpayer money to raise bulls for bullfights, but now, thanks in part to your actions, this issue is firmly on the political radar.

Next year, when EU leaders review the budget again, we’ll be back campaigning with renewed vigour – and, we hope, your continuing support!



  • CARLA RENDERS commented on November 21, 2015 at 10:51 am

    stop bullfighting

    • CARLA RENDERS commented on November 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

      stop bullfihgting stop stop stop stop

      • Peter Shotton commented on December 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        Outdated, unnecessary, and disgustigly cruel.

    • Rose Dunnelle commented on January 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Each year, thousands of bulls are barbarically slaughtered in bullrings around the world. From the moment they enter the ring, the bulls don’t stand a chance. They may be weakened by beatings, have their horns shaved to keep them off balance, or have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to impair their vision.

      In a typical Spanish bullfight, the bull enters the arena and is approached by picadors—men on horses who drive lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles. This attack impairs the bull’s ability to lift his head and defend himself. They twist and gouge the lances to ensure significant blood loss.
      Then banderilleros enter on foot, distract the bull, and dart around him while plunging banderillas—brightly coloured sticks with harpoon points on their ends—into his back. When the bull has become weakened from blood loss, the banderilleros run the bull in circles until he becomes dizzy and stops chasing them.
      Finally, the matador appears and, after provoking a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, tries to kill the bull with his sword. If he misses, succeeding only in further mutilating the animal, an executioner is called in to stab the exhausted and submissive bull to death. The dagger is supposed to cut the animal’s spinal cord, but even this stroke can be blundered, leaving the bull conscious but paralyzed as he is chained by his horns and dragged out of the arena.
      If the crowd is happy with the matador, the bull’s ears and tail are cut off and presented as trophies. A few minutes later, another bull enters the arena and the sadistic cycle starts again.
      The Running of the Bulls
      Most tourists don’t know that all the bulls who run in the streets of Pamplona, Spain, are later killed in the bullring. Before the runs, the bulls are kept in crowded, dark enclosures, and when they are prodded onto the streets, they are momentarily blinded by the sunlight. Runners hit them with rolled-up newspapers. The panicked animals can lose their footing on corners and crash into walls, possibly breaking bones or otherwise injuring themselves. They will be stabbed to death at the end of each day.
      Opposition to Bullfighting
      Around the world, opposition to bullfighting is growing. In July 2010, Catalonia’s Parliament banned bullfighting, and in May 2013, the Mexican state of Sonora did the same. In October 2013, France’s Green Party introduced a proposal to ban killing bulls. In 2011, Ecuador banned killing animals for entertainment. After Portugal’s municipality of Viana do Castelo banned bullfighting in 2009, the city’s mayor said, “The defence of animal rights is not compatible with spectacles that torture and impose unjustifiable suffering.” From 2008 to 2013, attendance in Spanish arenas fell by 40 percent. In 2008, about 3,300 bullfights were held in Spain. In 2012, they dropped to less than 2,000, and in 2013, it’s expected that less than 500 bullfights will be held.
      Portuguese ‘Bloodless’ Bullfights
      Despite the name, Portuguese bullfights are anything but bloodless. The bull is stabbed with banderillas by a matador on horseback, causing deep wounds and significant blood loss. The bull is then tormented by eight forcados, seven of whom grab the animal’s head while the eighth pulls on his tail, eventually stopping the exhausted animal. The bull is not killed in the ring but dragged out and left bleeding to await his slaughter, hours or even days later.
      Horses in Bullfights
      Bulls aren’t the only victims in bullfights. Horses are used to run bulls in circles, are viciously spurred, and can quickly become exhausted. Horses can be seriously gored or killed by charging bulls trying to protect themselves. They’re also forced to pull the bulls’ dead bodies out of the ring.
      This is what I read and copied as I couldn’t of put it better myself.

      • Roy Meynell commented on January 8, 2016 at 11:39 pm

        Appaulling cruelty to these Bulls ,especially when our money is used on this terrible in human wicked ness..what sort of people can do his .how do they live there lives and come to terms with what they do.

      • Isi weinberger commented on June 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

        Time to stop the killing Bulls are brave and biutifful

    • Lesley Sey commented on September 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Stop killing bulls for sport and end this mindless killing once and for all.

  • Meryll green commented on November 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Shame on you who did not vote to stop monies being used in bull raising you have condoned torture shame on you

  • emilia commented on November 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm


  • Gill Turner commented on November 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Please help to stop bull fight and any funds you provide to be stopped this dreadful act needs to be stopped. This is not what bulls are for to entertain people who find this fun.

  • Bianca commented on November 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Please stop this animal cruelty now

  • Wendy South commented on November 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Everyone deserves the right to life, how much does a man have to hate himself that he is empty of compassion for the plight of a being wanting to survive? This is also directed at women who hate themselves this much that they too are blind to the tears of a bull who is tortured right up til it drops dead from fighting so hard to survive. People come on learn to love yourselves, you are missing out on a wonderful life. Live and let live.

  • Angelika Nissinen commented on November 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Samoe nastojasee ubijstbo zivotnyh!!!

  • yuki commented on November 25, 2015 at 3:19 am


  • Roberta commented on November 26, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    you have to be sick in the head to enjoy bullfighting

  • Florentina commented on November 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I am a woman. Its women s fault. For centuries we admire violent men and have children with violent men, We should stop doing this.

  • yenny chagua commented on November 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    vasta yaaaa de ver y no hacer nada del sufrimiento y tortura de los toros,,,
    tenemos q ser defensores de ellos,,,, pongamos un alto…

  • Melina commented on November 30, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I abhor the despicable cowardness, cruelty and outright shameful act of bulfights!!! It breaks my heart to see the sickness of greed blind so many people from seeing the tears in these poor animals’ eyes as they fight to their death and all for money…! I am ashamed of humanity.

  • paul yate commented on December 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    It is disgraceful that the E.U. backs bullfighting like this, tourists are equally to blame by visiting these centres of animal torture, same on all of you

  • Katia commented on December 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Stop the bull masacre at least in peru…is too sad.

  • Zuzana Marsalkova commented on December 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Please stop financing animal cruelty and send the remaining animals to sanctuary. Please use the money for nature and animals protection for future generations.

  • Carla Sierra commented on December 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Please please please stop the money destinated for animal cruelty. Our world would be a better place without animal cruelty and abusing them!

  • fatima commented on December 3, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    no entiendo como la gente disfruta esto …… por qué protegen a algunos seres vivos y no a todos
    ..qué horrble

  • Maritza Muhlig commented on December 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Alto al sufrimiento y tortura de los toros. Hasta cuando???

  • Ximena commented on December 7, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Por favor ya paren con esta matanza

  • Ivette gaitan commented on December 7, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Stop animal cruelty

  • Martine commented on December 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Stop that horrible game! How can people be that wicked?

  • brenda commented on December 7, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Stop animal cruelty

  • Viviana Nuñez commented on December 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t understand this massacre, but more difficult to understand is why and how bullfighting is being financed!!! So, if I do understand well, governments are investing money for what I’m watching in this awful video could go on happening. Is that so???
    I’m really ashamed of the ‘human’ ??!! race.
    There are people dying and the governments are investing on animal cruelty ? Can someone give me an explanation ? I don’t understand !

  • Luis commented on December 8, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Respeten a los toros. También son seres vivos y pacificos.

  • Cecilia commented on December 8, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Basta ya de tanto sufrimiento!!! Si la idea era de progresar, donde quedo si con esto se demuestra lo más insensato del ser humano!!! Conciencia ya por favor, los animales no son objetos, ni cosas, son seres capaces de sentir dolor y por último esta sea la razón de una vez por todas acabar con tanto sufrimiento! No mas por favor no más.

  • M. Evans commented on December 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

    This a barbaric act of sport how can you justify a very bloody sport. It must have some effect on peoe who watch it, they lose their empathy and compassion for other living beings. STOP IT NOW.

  • Heidi commented on December 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    God didn’t make animals torture them……you will all get what you deserve in the End!!!!

  • Angela Sturmar commented on January 26, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Please stop this activity- it is not seen as entertainment by other parts of the world.

  • Annette S Lorien commented on February 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

    There is no meaning to this with the exception of cultural cruelty.

  • ROB WILSON commented on February 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    This is yet another reason for the UK to get out of the EU ! How disgusting, that part of our £56,000,000 per DAY payments into the Euro gravy-train, us spent on such a despicable, outdated, barbaric activity, as Bullfighting!!!!!
    This Must end NOW

  • Sarah Brooks commented on February 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    We cannot excuse this barbaric sport as a ‘tradition’ any longer. Action must be taken!! I certainly feel sick at the thought of any tax payers money supporting such cruelty and oppose it whole heartedly.

  • Mel burn commented on February 23, 2016 at 5:27 am

    It must stop. It is barbaric and the poor animals do not deserve it. Please make it stop.

  • Stephanie albert commented on April 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t understand how we can call ourselves civilised when these kind of barbaric acts of cruelty are carried out it makes me ashamed to be part of the human race. What I don’t understand as with all animal cruelty is how these people can get up in the morning and go to “Work”!!! its disgusting and needs to STOP NOW!!!!

  • Andy Nicholls commented on May 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Was still undecided on Britexit. Not anymore. Out I say get us out!

  • Andrea commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Please help stop this barbaric sport on innocent animals.

  • Michele claire commented on May 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Dispicable and wrong on every level!!

  • Allan Jensen commented on June 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Please stop the animal suffering.

  • debbie lawson commented on June 6, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I cannot believe that 100m Euros has been given as subsidies by the EU to spain, for the sole purpose of perpetuating bull fighting. How can this have happened? It is audacious that non elected officials can sanction this funding which is clearly against the animal welfare laws that exist in most? of the donating countries. Barbaric, outdated, merciless, cruel, disgusting, vile conduct against animal kind, shame shame on the humans who allowed it, shame on you all. How dare you contribute money that has come from people like me to this disgusting enterprise??

  • Sasha kemble commented on June 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Violence should NOT be tolerated
    Anywhere ❌

  • Joanne Fieldsend commented on June 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    It’s barbaric, it’s out of date, it’s not wanted and people look down on bull fighting, why on earth would you want to cause so much pain to a defensless animal. It isn’t a sport, it’s cruel.

  • Lin Charania commented on June 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Bull fighting subsidies must be stopped. These cruel ‘entertainment’ shows are archaic & should no longer part of a civilised society.

  • Lin Charania commented on June 7, 2016 at 10:27 am

    These subsidies need to be stopped! This cruel ‘entertainment show’ is archaic & should no longer be part of a civilised society.

  • Amalia Savelli commented on June 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Horrific treatment of animals and the insensitive and detached culture that enjoys this. So sad, disgusting.

  • Sheila Biddlecombe commented on June 11, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Please help to stop these subsidies for such a barbaric activity.

  • Katie Watts commented on June 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Horrific. Hard to believe any one could enjoy this. Stop the abuse!!

  • Katie Watts commented on June 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Horrific “sport”. It’s unimaginable that any one could sit and enjoy this disgusting abuse. Not every tradition should be continued. This needs to end

  • Ama Alnahed commented on June 20, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Bull fighting must stop.

  • Conchita commented on June 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Some people can’t pay their mortgages and are being evicted with their kids here in Spain but instead of using that money to help it’s used to torture innocent animals. This is one reason out of so many why Europe and especially Spain will never be great. Humankind shamefully uses it’s resources to make the rich richer instead of making the world a better place. I am Spanish but I am MORE ASHAMED.

  • Patrick Trombly commented on June 26, 2016 at 12:17 am

    You can’t support some subsidies for corporations and then cry foul when other corporations receive subsidies.

    The entire corporate welfare system has to go.

    • Conchita commented on July 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      It’s not the same to help those in need, families, children, disabled. Subsidising bullfighting ( a blood sport) is not a necessity. It’s not the same thing and you putting them in the same bag speaks volumes about your opinion on Bull butchering!

      • Steff commented on October 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

        Actually, brutally murdering and torturing a living being. or stopping funding for a living creature that is low on money is blatantly quite different. Obviously murder and cruelty is worse than someone not getting enough money. Think about it

      • Conchita commented on October 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        Steff = you obviously had not understood my comment. This post is about the subsidies received for Bull fighting!!! OF COURSE MURDERING AND TORTURING innocent animals is worse than someone not getting any money, I never said it wasn’t, what I said what that INSTEAD of spending that money to fund murder they should use it to help those in need! Patrick said that I couldn’t complain about them giving the money and then saying they should give it to others. Do you understand now? Thankfully you have no idea just how bad the Bull situation is here in Spain! What tourist and people from other countries see and know barely scratches the surface of the horror! So make no mistake my first stand is for the animals without a doubt, but as this post was about “subsidies”, that is what I commented!

  • Mark Van den Eynde commented on June 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    No tolerance whatsoever for any kind of violence, torture, slaugher of animals ! Brutal, sadistic, barbarian acts, called ‘traditions’ and part of local culture, such as bull fights in Spain, Portugal and France, bull races in Spain, grindadrápið on Far Oer,… are totally unacceptable in a so called civilised contined, called Europe. Hence STOP all these horrible practices !

    • Conchita commented on October 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      I agree. Why does society think that kicking a dog is bad but torturing bulls and baby bulls in this case until they die a horrendous death is OK? It just goes to show how inhuman we have become!

  • Yasas commented on July 25, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Pls stop these cruel game . pleeesz

  • Maria St John commented on August 2, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Thank god this evil bloodlust is coming to a very welcome end and if god exists I hope he is looking after all the thousands of poor Bulls that have sufferd over the years at the hands of sick, twisted perverts know as ‘Bull Fighters’. I also hope that god in his wisdom will send every Bull Fighter past and present to rot in hell for their ‘crimes against Animsls ‘. Well done PETA , victory once again!

  • Margrethe Vistrup commented on August 21, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Please end the sadistic tradition of bullfigthing. It has no place in the modern world and it’s a sick evil form of socalled “entertainment”.

  • KIRAN SHETTY commented on August 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    stop/ban this cruel act and use people’s tax money wisely!

  • Michael Fosbrooke commented on October 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Is there any progress on this issue?

  • Margaret Boys commented on October 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

    We are in 2916 and there should be no reason for barbarism like this it’s enough that mans inhumanity to man is tolerated constantly without recourse without spreading it to defenceless animals

  • Lafitte commented on October 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Stop !

  • Simona commented on November 7, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Utterly furious horrified & despairing that this sort of thing is funded by often unaware tax payers!!!
    How can these barbaric acts even be the slightest bit acceptable??
    What year are we in? How far have we progressed from the archaic ages?

  • Marc commented on November 7, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Why is it that we are having to beg for this to stop…?

  • Lynn commented on November 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

    As a tax payer this is not the way I wish for my money to be spent, care of the elderly, NHS, better transport yes, cruelty and torture definitely NO

  • Michelle Lee commented on November 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Maybe those two hundred plus not signing to agree to end this barbaric bullfighting practice has no humanity in them. Perhaps they don’t understand pain, perhaps they have such a comfortable life and they are unable to empathize.

  • Daniel Hernandez commented on November 19, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Stop bullfighting once and for all

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