Success: Government Agrees to Cut Bullfighting Funds

Target: Bas Eickhout, Dutch Member of European Parliament who tabled for the end of bullfighting funds

Goal: Praise the European Parliament for voting to end subsidies used for bullfighting.

Bullfighting is a practice that has been around for centuries. It started to become popular in Spain in the 1700s but there are records that show this practice was around as far back as the Roman Empire. Thankfully, as time passes, bullfighting has become less popular with fewer people attending the shows each year. One of the main things keeping bullfighting alive has been EU subsidies that fund bullfighting. Thanks to public outcry and petitions like this one on ForceChange, courageous leaders in the European Parliament have voted to end subsidies used for bullfighting.

Bullfighting causes suffering to bulls and can endanger citizens. Nearly 40,000 bulls are killed each year in bullfights, simply in the name of entertainment. Four hundred and thirty-eight members of the European Parliament out of the 687 members voted to end the subsidies. Dutch Parliament member, Bas Eickhout, was the leader in this fight. This is a huge victory, considering just last year a similar amendment was rejected.

Now, for the funding to truly stop, the amendment must be approved by EU finance ministers. Once they approve this and the amendment becomes a law, bullfighting will lose £100 million in funds annually. Sign this petition and thank Bas Eickhout for all his hard work in the fight against bullfighting.


Dear Mr. Bas Eickhout,

Recently, members of the European Parliament met to discuss a number of things, one of them being bullfighting. Bullfighting has been around for quite some time. However, attendance has been dwindling in recent years. One of the main things that keep bullfighting alive are the funds bullfighting receives from the EU. The EU provides about £100 million annually to bullfighting, which is a substantial amount.

Thanks to your hard work and public outcry, 438 members of the European Parliament out of the 687 members voted to end the subsidies. This is a huge victory, especially since a similar amendment was rejected just last year.

I encourage you to keep fighting the good fight and I want to thank you for all your hard work in helping this amendment pass. The bulls and I are very appreciative of the time and effort you have put into this.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Please stop this killing animals HELPPP please

  2. Myrna Burdick says:

    This horrid entertainment is being subsidized by the EU?

    Thank you, for getting the pull out of funds from these events started.

  3. Excellent decision on the EU’s part — thank you so much.

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