By Sally Underwood • 21 April 2021 • 12:05
Brits in Spain Speak Out After Andalucia Offers €4M to Help Bullfighting. Image: Wikimedia
Expats in Spain have hit out after it was announced that Andalucia would spend millions to help the bullfighting sector after the pandemic.
According to Spanish newspaper Sur, the Junta de Andalucia is offering €4 million in aid to the bullfighting sector after its financial losses.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has presented at the meeting of the Autonomous Executive a plan that seeks to compensate its holders for financial losses due to Covid restrictions.
The aid, which will be granted on a non-competitive basis, will offer an initial amount of €250 per animal and could increase by up to an additional €400 euros.
The pandemic has harmed reportedly harmed the bullfighting sector after games were stopped, while the costs of looking after bulls on farms increased.
Those supporting the move say it will help to protect an Andalucian tradition, as well as the environmental work of the wild bull in sustaining the grassland ecosystem and maintaining the rural tradition or rearing these breeds.
However, some Brits in Spain have criticised the move, accusing it of promoting cruelty to animals.
One expat said: “I think the government using that amount of money for a sport that I believe should be banned is terrible. I do not think the business of torturing and hurting animals should be funded with public money and I am sure that money could be used in a much more worthwhile way.”
Another reader said: “I am totally against bullfighting, and I struggle to understand why the so-called sport still exists.
“But I do appreciate it is a long-standing tradition in Spain and people’s livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic.”
The Andalucian government said the money will be used to help support the bullfighting sector as well as to look after the animals.
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Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.
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