Bullfighting is an archaic and cruel tradition that runs contrary to the attitudes of modern-day society. Eight countries in the world still subject bulls to torture at popular festivals and arenas, as an exception to their animal welfare laws: Spain, Portugal, southern France, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and some regions in Ecuador and Venezuela. They allow these sadistic practices even though the majority of their populations reject them or show no interest in them. This can only be explained by the connection of the bullfighting lobby with politics. Despite a lack of visitors, bullfighting continues to live on, in particular due to considerable state subsidies which ensure its profitability.
Bulls are still being tortured in Spain, Portugal, Southern France, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
In all countries where bullfighting is still practiced – Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, (Venezuela) – Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) is actively working together with local organizations and individuals to abolish this cruel practice.
In order to abolish bullfighting in Catalonia, FFW actively supported the platform “Prou! (Catalan for “Enough!”). The platform “Prou” launched a legislative initiative with the aim of the definitive abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia. Thanks to a large-scale campaign and intensive lobbying, an overwhelming majority in the Catalan parliament voted for the abolition on 28 July 2010. An incredible victory against this barbarism and animal torture!
FFW furthermore fights against the active and passive participation of minors in bullfights on an international level as part of its campaign for a childhood without violence (“Infancia SIN viOLEncia” – in Spanish).
As a result of this campaign, the United Nations, through the Committee on the Rights of the Child, has put pressure on the international community to protect minors from all forms of violence, including the violence that occurs in bullfights and related events.
FFW is the only international non-profit organisation to be represented in almost all bullfighting countries on a long-term and well-organised basis. Year after year, we are out on the frontlines in towns and cities where these events still take place. To date, we have made considerable strides in Europe (Catalonia, Galicia, the Balearics, Portugal) and in Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia). Our explicit aim is to achieve the complete abolition of such animal torture for public pleasure.