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Parliamentary questions
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22 August 2016
Question for written answer E-006271-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mark Demesmaeker (ECR) , Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  EU subsidies for bullfighting
 Answer in writing 

The recent death of a young torero has renewed calls for the abolition of bullfighting. In the EU, bullfighting still takes place in Spain, France and Portugal. However, some Member States have banned this cruel practice. Catalonia also abolished bullfighting in 2010. People, including those in Spain, have increasingly expressed a strong opposition to bullfighting and ‘running of the bulls’.

On 28 October 2015, Parliament adopted an amendment to the 2016 budget with the aim of abolishing EU subsidies for bullfighting. While this amendment was included in the EU budget, its application in practice remains uncertain.

1. Did EU subsidies for breeding or rearing of bulls for lethal bullfighting indeed stop in 2016?

2. If it is true that a change to the common agricultural policy (CAP) is needed in order to stop EU subsidies for bullfighting in practice, will the Commission then include such a change in the upcoming CAP mid-term review?

3. Does the Commission intend to come forward with a broader proposal to make sure that animals that are ill-treated or killed for ‘entertainment’ are also protected under EU animal welfare legislation?

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