CAS International (Comité Anti Stierenvechten) is the biggest organization in the world which works exclusively on the abolition of bullfighting and cruel fiestas (festivals) during which bulls and other animals are tortured. Together with our colleague organizations, we want to end this animal abuse as soon as possible.
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Bullfighting is one of the most cruel forms of animal abuse. Every year, more than 250,000 bulls and cows are tortured and killed worldwide during bullfights and similar events.
Also during fiestas ('village festivals'), tens of thousands of bulls and other animals are severely maltreated.
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Europeans contribute to bullfighting
While Spain suffers a huge financial crisis and received a 100 billion euro guarantee from the European emergency funds to solve the problems with the Spanish banks, a lot of public money is being pumped into bullfighting; a bloody tradition that can not count on the support of the majority of the Spaniards.
Furthermore, later this year, the Spanish Congress will declare bullfighting as Cultural Heritage of Spain. Among other things, this means that the bullfighting industry will be entitled to additional grants. And it will absolutely receive these. Spain invests continuously in this tradition, despite the major economic and social problems caused by the economical crisis. Is it not about time that Europe has to observe how Spain spends its money?
A bullfight © AFP
Some of the grants that the bullfighting industry receives in Spain, Portugal and France originate from the European Union. This means that each citizen of the European Union contributes to the maintenance of this tradition. A cruel practice that can not count on the support of the European population. Because the European Union has only limited sets of conditions for receiving grants, there is a lot of money that ends up directly in the bullfighting industry. Money that could be better used for other purposes. Here are two examples of such subsidies:
- Subsidies for the breeding of cattle: There are agricultural subsidies from the European Union available for the breeding of cattle for food. Spain decides how much money is invested in each cattle farm. The head of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Arias Cañete, is married with one of the major breeders of fighting bulls. We do not know exactly how much money annually disappears into the farms where fighting bulls are bred, yet we do know that they received these grants because the meat of the fighting bulls is consumed; thus the breeding of fighting bulls is seen as a part of the meat industry.
- Grants for celebrations: European Union grants are also being issued for conservation of cultural property, such as buildings. In Spain, part of this money flows into the maintenance and renovation of arenas where bullfights take place. In addition, Spain spends money to various festivities where bulls are abused. Unfortunately we do not know how much money ends up in this way in the bullfighting industry. We do know that many Spanish municipalities spend huge amounts of money for several days of feasting. For example, in the municipality of Las Rozas (89,152 inhabitants) an amount of 270,000 euros has been spent in the last two years for four days of festivities with bulls.
It is difficult to determine exactly how much European money eventually flows into the bullfighting sector because the bullfighting countries decide how much subsidies eventually is being destined to the various aspects of bullfighting. To find out exactly how it fits together, we, together with our sister organizations in France, Spain and Portugal, continue to investigate the final destination of these European funds.
Tips for tourists
CAS International has made a list of tips for tourists, so you can also help us abolish bullfighting and other cruel events with bulls and other animals as a tourist.
The main tip: never go to a bullfight or a cruel fiesta, like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona!
Please take a look here for more tips.
Videos of bullfights, cruel fiestas and protests of CAS International and others.
In the CAS photo album, you can find photos of protests, bullfighting and cruel fiestas.
CLICK HERE for the photo album.