Lisbon City Council defends end of public funding for bullfighting

in News · 02-07-2020 16:57:00 · 6 Comments

Lisbon council has today defended the creation of legislation that prevents public funding of shows that “cause animal suffering”, stressing that bullfighting includes “acts of violence”.

In a motion “for the end of shows with animal suffering”, presented by BE councillor Manuel Grilo, it is mentioned that the Lisbon Chamber urges “the Government and the Assembly of the Republic to adopt legislation that does not allow public funding of events that cause animal suffering”.

This point of the motion was approved with the favourable votes of BE, PS and PSD and the votes against by PCP and CDS-PP.

The second point of the motion that advocated the implementation of measures for the conversion of spaces where these events usually take place in multifunctional spaces, with the capacity to host cultural and sports shows or “others that do not involve animal suffering”, was rejected, having only favourable votes from BE and councillor Paula Marques (Citizens for Lisbon, elected on the PS lists).

In the text, it is recalled that, although the “animal protection” law provides that “all unjustified violence against animals is prohibited, considering such acts consistent with, without need, inflicting death, cruel and prolonged suffering or serious injury to an animal ”, the same legislation considers “bullfighting lawful ”.

Recently, it is also read in the text, about 1,800 members of the bullfighting sector wrote an open letter to the Minister of Culture requesting the reduction of VAT from 23 percent to 6 percent, claiming that this activity “is part of the Portuguese DNA”, “something that is obviously questionable in view of the numbers of spectators of this type of spectacles, especially evident in the case of the city of Lisbon”.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic, all bullfighting events were suspended, with the sector demanding the urgent return of these types of events to guarantee their existance, knowing that the subsistence of this sector is guaranteed through direct and indirect public financing, which is incomprehensible”, said the text.

In the motion, it is argued that "the public purse should not constitute itself as a source of financing for activities that do not comply with international guidelines and national legislation, with the aggravation of these activities constituting an alleged source of entertainment and profit generator".

The document mentions a survey by the Catholic University, carried out two years ago in the municipality of Lisbon, in which 75% of respondents said they were against the use of public money to finance or support bullfighting and 64% said they did not agree with the support of the municipality bullfighting in Campo Pequeno.

“Bullfighting should not be part of the new normal. This is a great time to safeguard animal welfare, ”Manuel Grilo told Lusa, arguing that“ public money, which is so lacking in this delicate moment of a pandemic, should not be a source of funding for activities that do not comply with international guidelines as animal welfare ”.


John Dough are you serious, have you seen how a bull is killed in a ‘bullfight’? Educate yourself before you post stupid comments, easy to find a full ‘bullfight’ on YouTube or social platform. ‘Bullfighting’ is evil, it’s not a fight, the bull isn’t coming out the other side. He dies a slow painful death for the entertainment of brain dead morons who need to get a life!

By Anne Buchanan from Algarve on 03-07-2020 08:50

Slavery was also part of the DNA of the US, but it is now forbidden ! Not all cultural habits are admirable !

By MA Burkett from Other on 03-07-2020 08:16

Yes, bullfights are part of Portugal's history, and that's where it should be relegated to. History can't be changed. Inquisitions are part of Portugal's history...slave trading is part of Portugal's history...colonialism is part of Portugal's history. But do-gooders, then and now, are an inspiration for change...changes that make society a better people. Changes that recognize the necessary harmony between people and the environment. Changes that put the word humane back into humanity.
People who just want to sit back and let things go on as they are, are dough-nothings. It's almost unbelievable that the Portuguese, who are so good-natured and friendly, hospitable and generous, so family-oriented, and have come so far since Salazar, continue to tolerate this archaic relic from the Roman gladiatorial games.
As the younger generation of Portuguese comes of age, and the older, tradition-minded generation fades away, the blood-sport of bullfighting will also become just another page in Portugal's history book.

By William from Other on 03-07-2020 01:49

It’s about time! Torturing animals should not be part of anyone’s culture! We inherited this from the Romans, it’s about time for us to put it in the bin ???? of history!

By Anna from Madeira on 02-07-2020 08:11

Hurrah !! A just reward for the determination of BE, PAN, Greens and all animal rescue charities in their endeavours to end this barbaric and cruel practise.

By Roberto Cavaleiro from Other on 02-07-2020 06:47

While I don't go to bullfights, I think that they should not be forbidden. They are part of Portugals and Spains history and do-gooders from Greenpeace and the like should not interfere with that. I agree though with NOT using public funds to support these events. They should find private sponsors.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 02-07-2020 06:00
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