Tax Payers Money Used to Fund Bull Fighting!

Did you know that your taxes help fund the cruelty of bullfighting ?

Most people are unaware that their hard earned money is going to fund this abhorrent barbarity.

All British taxpayers subsidise this cruelty. Yet the majority of British people are opposed to bullfighting, according to a 2008 poll conducted by the League Against Cruel Sports 89 per cent would not visit a bullfight.

Here is the reality of bull fighting: – A very distressing video, make me ashamed to be human.

It is time that this barbarity was banned by the EU.

Take action against bullfighting

At least lets impede this brutality by urging your MEP to vote to stop European subsidies for bullfighting this coming Wednesday 22nd.

This morning I received the following notification in my e-mail from the League Against Cruel Sports. Please read and take the suggested action. There is a deadline of  Wednesday 22nd October which doesn’t give us much time. There is a suggested template letter which I will included further down.

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 campaigns@league.org.uk. 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.

We have provided some suggested text for you to use if you wish, but please use your own words as much as possible.

The links to  www.writetothem.com are perhaps not the best way to contact your EMP if you are not able to personalise your e-mail with your own words as according to the website’s information, cut and paste e-mail is deleted: Use your own words; we block copied-and-pasted identical messages”.

If for some reason you are not able to personalise your e-mail it might be better to use the following link:

European Parliament / Information Office in the United Kingdom:
http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your_meps.html#shadowbox/1/b – EMPs for your region, you will have more than one.

Template Letter:

Dear (INSERT MEP NAME),

As one of your constituents I am asking if you would please vote for an amendment which opposes the use of our taxes being used to help fuel the bullfighting industry.

As you know, next Wednesday the European Parliament will be voting on budgets for 2015. Each year the European Union provides an estimated £110 million through Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments to farmers who breed bulls for bullfights. £13.5 million comes from the UK alone.

Next Wednesday you will have an opportunity to support an amendment to prohibit the use of European funds to support farmers who breed bulls for bullfights. The specific amendment on bullfighting is amendment 12 of the Green/FHA group, submitted by Indrek Tarand MEP.

Bullfighting and fiestas which involve the torture of bulls for public display would not be legal here in the UK (as stipulated within the ‘five freedoms’ outlined within our own Animal Welfare Act 2006.) Similarly the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes states:

Animals should not suffer pain, injury, fear or distress.

The CAP allocations toward the bullfighting industry are a clear violation of this Convention.

Bullfighting relies heavily on the backing of European funds and also funds from Spanish Administrations. Without these payments, trends show that this barbaric industry would be on the brink of collapse.

I sincerely hope you will be able to take a few moments to support this important initiative.

Thank you for your support.

Also please take the recommended actions included in a previous entry if you have not already done so:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/help-stop-cruelty-to-bulls-in-spain/

Information About Bull Fighting:

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/bullfighting

 

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