EU Subventionen für Stierkampf – Offener Brief an Luis de Grandes Pascal

Luis de Grandes, Generalsekretär der PP-Delegation Spaniens in der Europäischen Union, ist bekennender Stierkampf-Fan und Unterstützer des blutigen Spektakels, wie er in seinem Brief an CRAC Europe verlauten lässt. Doch nicht nur das, er will alles tun, damit der Änderungsantrag 6634 von Bas Eickhout, Parlamentsmitglied für Die Grünen/Europäische Freie Allianz, nicht angenommen wird.

Deutsche Übersetzung auf der Webseite von CRAC Europe:

Kann die Finanzierung einer illegalen Tätigkeit legal sein? – Offener Brief an einen Europa-Abgeordneten, der Stierkämpfe befürwortet

Open letter

Dear Mr De Grandes,

I have received your letter and I thank you for the transparency you wish to bring to this debate. I share your will for an open debate which is why I decided to send you an open letter.

There is much evidence that bullfights are related to European subventions. Spanish MEPs claim it. Official sources state : “major revenues derive from [lidia] bull sales and subsidies from the CAP” or as the original text states : “el ingreso principal procede de la venta de animals de lidia y de las subvenciones de la Política Agrícola Común.” Some years ago, the bullfighting industry received direct subsidies from the EU in the form of a “beef special premium” scheme that allowed paying up to €210 per bull ; now a flat amount per hectare is allotted : €240 according to Dr. Alfred Bosch’s report. European Rural Development schemes also fund activities related to bullfighting such as bullring renovations. Therefore, directly or indirectly, the EU finances the bullfighting industry.

The European Union protects the cultural idiosyncrasies, that is true. But the article 13 of the TFEU is not an explicit license to torture and kill in the most painful way. Not having to pay FULL REGARD to the animal’s welfare is one thing, extreme cruelty and humiliation inflicted to a bull is another. The European Union is committed to increasing the animals’ welfare throughout Europe. The pressure is increasing as less and less people accept bullfighting in Spain, France and Portugal. The conflict created by these two contradictory objectives will have to be solved.

The lidia bulls are not a singular and unique race. Bullfighting bulls belong to the species Bos Taurus and do not have enough biological differences with the ordinary bulls to be taxonomically classified as a special sub-species. The only difference with other bulls is the purpose they are bred for and some characteristics that have been created by artificial selection. Therefore, the lidia bulls cannot go extinct because they are a breed. Breeds cannot go extinct, only species do.

The pasture ecosystem would not be affected and it has no environmental value. Subsidies actually degrade dehesas (pasture). They allow a load of animals that consume an amount of food that the dehesa land cannot produce at a sustainable rate. Dehesas are a human created environment considered by environmentalists as unstable and very limited ecologically. They were created by destroying the pristine Mediterranean forest. Furthermore, bulls do not share the dehesas with the critically endangered lynx and imperial eagle, they actually play no role in the ecosystem because they are neither prey nor predator and do not contribute to the reproduction of any plant species. Anyhow, less than 10% of the dehesa surface is used for the bull breeding, thus the impact remains limited.

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