In these harsh days of economic crisis, many towns are unable to afford to stage bullfights any more. Even if they did, the numbers of spectators would hardly warrant the expense. It seems that killing animals in the name of culture is no longer acceptable to a growing number of Spaniards.
A recent poll showed that 76% of Spaniards were against the use of public funds to prop up this ailing industry and yet legislation was passed by a congressional culture committee last Wednesday. If the vote is carried by the Senate, then bullfighting will be deemed part of the cultural heritage worthy of protection. That means it can be funded with public money.
Groups such as PETA, Humane Society International and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have all expressed their disgust with the legislation. They say this is just an attempt to get more than the 130 million euros that the country already receives from the EU budget.