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Politicians call to end bullfighting backed by the WSPA

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is backing Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) in their bid to ban bullfighting by urging the public to put pressure on their local politician.

In a 'Written Declaration' to the European Commission (EC), MEP’s Robert Evans (UK), Mojca Drcar Murko (Slovenia), Gitte Seeberg (Denmark) and Carl Schlyter (Sweden) have called on the European Union (EU) to push for a ban.

“Bulls suffer horrendous deaths in the bullring and a majority vote on this Declaration would be a hugely important step in stopping this and achieving a total ban,” said Leah Garcés, WSPA’s Director of Campaigns.

She added: “Not only would the Declaration compliment the EU’s high standards of animal welfare but it would also send a strong message to those member state countries that support bullfighting that there is no excuse for such cruelty in the 21st Century.”

The signatures of at least 394 MEP’s are needed by April to gain the necessary majority at the EU to push the Declaration through.

The WSPA and Asociación Defensa Derechos Animal (ADDA) have worked together on a joint ‘Culture without Cruelty’ campaign since 2000 to achieve a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia. A landmark success was Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, declaring itself anti-bullfight in April 2004, since which more than 38 towns and villages across the region have followed suit.

To urge your MEP to support the Declaration visit http://www.wspa-international.org (updated 06/02/07)

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