HUGE VICTORY! European Parliament Votes to End Subsidies for Bullfighting

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UPDATE: We won the vote in the European Parliament decisively, but EU finance ministers still have to approve plans to end the subsidies. Ask UK Chancellor George Osborne to do the right thing for bulls at meetings in Brussels this week – take action here.

438 out of 687 MEPs in the European Parliament voted in favour of an amendment that would stop over €100 million in EU agricultural subsidies from being used to raise bulls for bullfights.

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This is a wonderful step forward and could be the final nail in the coffin for Spain’s already struggling bullfighting industry. As bullrings increasingly stand empty and fewer and fewer Spaniards show any interest in attending the violent events, government handouts are the only thing keeping this cruel “tradition” alive.

Tens of thousands of people all over Europe have contacted their MEPs in the past few weeks to ask them to vote for the amendment, which was tabled by Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout. Thank you so much to everyone who took action. Your messages clearly had an impact.

PETA France was also outside the Parliament this morning, giving MEPs some last-minute encouragement to do the right thing before the vote:

PETA France protests EU bullfighting subsidies

When a similar amendment was voted on in the Parliament just last year, it was rejected. It just goes to show how quickly we’re making progress in our campaign against cruel “sports”.

So what happens next? Before the amendment becomes law – and the subsidies finally stop – it needs to be approved by EU finance ministers. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming developments and how you can help. But rest assured that today’s news represents a huge step forward in the campaign to end barbaric bullfighting for good.

Write to the UK Chancellor, George Osborne about voting to stop the subsidies at the EU finance meeting:

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  • Anne Reeve commented on October 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    overjoyed thank you PETA wonderful news – I support all cruelty to animals even if I a 80 will do forever
    anne Wales UK

    • Cyndee Kott commented on November 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      You go girl !!

    • Ken Lucas commented on November 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you for taking action Anne.

    • Mary P Acquino commented on November 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      CONGRATULATIONS !!! Keep up the brave, good fight.

    • helen harper commented on November 9, 2015 at 1:04 am

      cant believe it! and end in sight for bullfighting. congratulations PETA and supporters

  • Ruaidhri commented on October 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Is it possible to see which MEPs voted for the resolution?

    • Ruth commented on November 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      I think it would be more useful to know which TRAITORS voted to keep this waste of money going to bullfighting!

  • Ahlem Piccinini commented on October 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    This is the minimum they could do !
    Much more should be done !

  • linda boyce commented on October 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    so pleased to hear this is going to stop the torture pain suffering fear of these innocent BULLS

    • Ken Lucas commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you for taking action Linda.

  • Marinella bigoni commented on October 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    BASTA CORRIDA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gerry Murray commented on October 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Terrific news, hope this is the end of this cruel, barbaric practice. Amen

    • Coreen Kerr commented on November 8, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Gerry So am I!! It’s amazing what the power of people can do next step stopping bull fighting world wide. It’s not nor has it ever been a ‘sport’ just another way of covering up inhumane cruelty to animals.
      Take care Coreen

  • Kevin Reardon commented on October 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Good news about the bullfighting subsidies…..but there is still plenty of funding from local Ayuntamientos.

  • David Lavery commented on October 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Its wrong that even a penny should be spent so that sadistic idiots can torment animals to death.

  • pilar blas commented on October 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    TENEMOS QUE SEGUIR LUCHANDO, CADA VEZ SOMOS MAS. MUY FELIZ POR LA NOTICIA.

  • leroy brigitte commented on October 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Arrêter se sport barbare ,pauvre taureaux.Nous ne sommes plus au moyen Age.

  • Rosi commented on October 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    La tauromaquia una tradición inhumana y tercermundista

    • silvia commented on November 9, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Es curioso que uses la palabra tercermundista cuando esta mierda de costumbre se practica en España y en Francia y ha sido “exportada” por España a latino América. Inhumana también es otra palabra que me resulta contradictoria ya que los humanos han probado ser la especie más cruel sobre este planeta.

  • Эллочка commented on October 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Сволочи

  • Dan & Kathy Copley commented on October 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Don’t hurt gods creatures. Animals are not on earth for us to use and abuse. Stop enabling bull fighting to continue by subsidising them. Thank you.

  • Katie Cather commented on October 29, 2015 at 1:02 am

    We’re happy for the vote, but who in H knew (or thought ) that the EU was SUBSIDIZING this cruel racket? How many other bull fighting operations are being subsidized by citizens who oppose this abhorrent cruelty? Bull fighting, and so-called (wink-wink) “bloodless bull fighting,” needs to be BANNED globally.

  • Glennis Whitney commented on October 29, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Greatest news of the day,

  • Jewel Haines commented on October 29, 2015 at 10:02 am

    END BULL FIGHTING
    FOREVER!!!

  • Kolesnik commented on October 29, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Хватит мучить животных ради своех развлечений. Остановите корриду, будте людми а не … .

  • oliver commented on October 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Hooray, hooray, the bullfighter dies.

  • J Stufflebeam commented on October 30, 2015 at 3:52 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. NOW IF OTHERS WILL FOLLOW YOUR MOST WISE AND COMPASSIONATE LEAD.

  • Franco D Ferrua commented on October 30, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Hurray!!!!! I hope that there’s no escape clause or glitch here.

    The Spaniards’ tradition is so uncivilized, as far as bull fighting continues, they CANNOT be deemed a first world country or civilized.

  • Randi-Lee Ryder commented on October 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    No more subsidies and absolutely NO More Bull fights. That is horrible and not a sport. It is the torture of an animal.

  • Ilona Somogyi commented on October 31, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I don’t want animals suffer!

  • Marion Dunn commented on October 31, 2015 at 2:37 am

    This is a welcome further nail in the coffin of the barbaric, cruel and outmoded practice that is bullfighting, for which there continues to be absolutely no justification.

    Cultural norms shift, and just as bear-baiting has thankfully been banned in the UK for many, many years, it is time to ban bullfighting across the whole of Europe, and give protection in law to the welfare of the bull, like any other domestic or farm animal.

  • Lydia Mallinson commented on October 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Most Excellent News.. A Tremendous Victory..
    I hope this Continues to be Positive News for the Bulls.. Watch this Space.. It remains to be seen…

  • Kelly commented on November 1, 2015 at 6:15 am

    There is no place for this barbaric behaviour – please please stop this now!

  • albert hille commented on November 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    one more, but not a final step

  • Ado commented on November 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

    As a self-exiled spaniard, I can only hope that this opens the way to ban that barbaric act once and for all.

  • David commented on November 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I would love to know which MEPs voted in favour of bull fighting. Particularly which UK ones

  • eusebio manuel vestias pecurto commented on November 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Great news of Parliament Europe Good Job PETA

  • linda boyce commented on November 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    good I just hope this is banned world wide its a horrific ouhtdated waste of animal life and taxpoayers money horrific disgusting cruelty just for fun and blood money

  • Ally commented on November 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Stop this

  • Edgeworth commented on November 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Excellent news. Hopefully bull fighting’s on it’s way out now.

  • eusebio manuel vestias pecurto commented on November 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulation PETA

  • Ineke Kuitwaard commented on November 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Stop animal abuse

  • ALAN ANDREW REID commented on November 8, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Great news! Well done PETA. Pity around a third of the MEP.s still voted for this disgusting cruel act.

  • Lauren smith commented on November 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    The times have changed, it’s time to recognize this outdated tradition for what it’s worth, cruel and barbaric. The majority of peope see this -and have expressed their feelings. Time to step up to the 21st century and stop the torture of innocent bulls!

  • Lynn Wood commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    At last! Our money should not be spent subsidising this barbaric Industry !!

    Wake up and be that change you wish to see.

  • Suzanne Rittman commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I find bull fighting abhorrent, if it was man against man, one dressed as a bull ….. It wouldn’t be allowed so why if a bull is in the other corner it’s fair game, man kind has a lot to learn……

  • Louise commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Great news thank you!

  • Aart van Kruiselbergen commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Let’s hope this amendment will indeed become law when it is approved by EU finance ministers. The battle is not won yet.
    This degrading spectacle should have no place in a country which is supposed to be civilized.
    La torura NO es arte ni cultura

  • Pamela Stitt commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I this is a cruel revolting so called sport. Nothing sporting about it, bulls are even doped to make it easier for these fools. Ban the schools and let them get qualified for decent working jobs.

  • Amanda Louis brown commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Great news I support stopping cruelty to animal’s

  • chantelle guarnaccia commented on November 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I hope there is an end to all this cruelty!!!

  • Maria St John commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    This is a fantastic achievement for us Animal Lovers all over the world, the end is finally insight for the ‘Evil, Sick,Twisted practice of Bull Fights and thank God the sick ,twisted minds behind such depravity will be finally unemployed. How dare they torture these beautiful,magestic Bulls to death.

    Thank you PETA and well done every body x x x

  • Deb commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    About time! So cruel

  • Deb jones commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    About time. So cruel !

  • Deb jones commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    About time. So cruel

  • Maria St John commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Thank god x

  • Tracey commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Hurray! This is very heartening news! Let’s hope it’s the beginning of the end for this awful ‘sport’.

  • Marcella commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    STOP KILLING GODS ANIMALS

  • Debra Jeffreys commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Wonderful news !

    I received a heartening email reply from a Green MEP, who was very passionate that this barbaric practise must be stopped, along with all other animal cruelty.

    I would love to know which MEPs did not vote to end the subsidy – shame on them.

  • Simone Maarouf commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Stierkämpfe müssen abgeschafft werden, danke!!!!!? LG Simone

  • Charlotte Christensen commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Stop THIS now!!!!!!

  • Isabella jarosch commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Stop this Cruel

  • Kelly Dunn commented on November 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I will boycott Spain and never spend any tourist money there until bull fighting is ban!

  • Carmel Gagne commented on November 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    So incredibly happy to hear that. Thank you so much for making my day!

  • Kat Karnes commented on November 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    This is wonderful news!! I wish everyone would follow suit & end this horrendous activity~~it has gone on too long & enough is enough!! Have mercy on these poor animals & all animals~~they are helpless, precious beings who do not deserve this kind of treatment. Love them & treat them right, don’t harm them.

  • Allegra commented on November 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Overjoyed beyond words…. Our new parliament in Palma de Mallorca has pledged to end all bullfighting on the island and has installed a new dept in charge of upholding greater animal welfare standards.

  • Lesley Robinson commented on November 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you, Peta and everyone who helped get this wonderful decision made! I did a cartwheel when I read about it even tho I’m 65!

  • Jane Rita commented on November 9, 2015 at 12:21 am

    The way we treat animals is an indicator
    of our care for other human beings.

  • rosa commented on November 9, 2015 at 12:35 am

    This is good news¡¡ but I afraid that the govertment will cut money from something useful like health, education, employee salaries into the bullfighting industry

  • sophia commented on November 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

    No mas corridas de toros….bastaaaaa

  • Pinke Andersson commented on November 9, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Such a great news!! I wish this will be a good start!
    No more cruel and barbaric torture to any bull!

  • Ken Hales commented on November 9, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Thank you for showing a good side of humanity.

  • Joelle Porter commented on November 9, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Please stop
    The cruty!

  • Joelle Porter commented on November 9, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Please stop
    The cruelty!

  • Jinett commented on November 9, 2015 at 5:02 am

    This gave me chills of joy!!! Finally! Thank you so much! Bulls should not be tortured and killed for entertainment. completely absurd! Please ban all countries from doing this! Thank you to every single one of you who made this possible!!

  • S. L. Trout commented on November 9, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Terrific news! It is unimaginable that ANY civilized country would be helping to subsidize what is nothing more than blatant animal torture and cruelty. This part of Spain’s culture abominable. It’s time these “me” stop parading around in “man” leggings and cute little ballet flats and start acting like educated, cultured people. Frankly, ANYONE who participates at any level in this hideous bloodsport should be seeking professional intervention. YOU ARE TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF SOCIOPATHY! (don’t have children, please!)

  • Horst Bergheim commented on November 9, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Hoffentlich wird dies auch bald zum Gesetz und zum Stopp der unglaublichen Brutalität des Stierkampfs.

  • Michelle Bates commented on November 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Thank you for caring PETA.

  • Gordon Murray commented on November 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

    An outright ban on all forms of subsidised cruelty towards animals should be put in place. This would bring an end to the suffering of millions of beings worldwide!

  • Sandra Gibson commented on November 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’ m really glad this has happened. To be honest, I couldn’t really believe it when I found out from Peta that the EU subsidised bullfighting from the agricultural budget. Is this really farming? Thank goodness that this has finished. That is if EU Finance ministers vote the right way! Then there will probably be a period for the relevant farmers to adapt to it. Fair enough, I suppose, but is it fair for the bulls?

  • Helen Troy commented on November 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

    So so pleased to hear this. I’ve always hated this tradition. Thank you PETA for all your hard work. Long may it continue to eradicate this completely.

  • Jeaneen commented on November 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Wonderful news! Only cowards and very cruel people enjoying blood sports of any kind!

  • sabita patwardhan commented on November 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I hope fervently that there is an enormous punishment awaiting for the bastards who have already imprisoned, mistreated and ridiculed these animals. Complete cowards these people.
    These bulls never got to enjoy the vast freedom of nature with their own. They have to wake up day after day after day to these greedy shits.

  • Gejo commented on November 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I’m over the moon with the news!! I’m Spanish and I never supported or liked bullfighting. Many Spaniards believe they’re part of our culture and it’s an art and sport. NO is not!!! It’s a shame there’re still people supporting them and even taking children to see them to try to save the badly call ‘fiesta’ for the future. I’m very happy PeTA has been fighting hard to stop this. Still lots to do, but the door to stop them is now open. Well done PeTA and all those members who -like myself- gave donations and went to protests!!

  • Sofia commented on November 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Bravo, Bravisimo!! Hopefully soon this archaic “sport” will come completely to an end all around the world. Enough with torturing animals. Thank you PETA and thank you to everyone who spoke up!

  • teresa mione commented on November 10, 2015 at 2:12 am

    GREAT NEWS TOO MANY BULLS DIED horrible, painful and terrifying deaths. KILLLING BULLS FOR ENTERTAINMENT IS BULLSHXXT!!!!

  • linda boyce commented on November 10, 2015 at 4:31 am

    its a start ROME WASNT BUILT IN A DAY

  • Vivien krebs commented on November 10, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Stop this!!!
    It is so cruel!

  • Honey commented on November 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    That’s good but Spanish bad habits don’t change on animal cruelty as the last time I was there they pack the stadium out and come out afterwards laughing! Ignorant bullies!

  • Girl from Oz commented on January 29, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Bullfighting is barbarism concealed as “entertainment”.

    Taking pleasure from the torture & ultimate death of a sentient being is deplorable.

    I will NEVER step foot in Spain as long as bullfighting continues.

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