26 September 2012
Philippe Boulland (PPE)
The French Constitutional Council recently rejected a plea from anti-bullfighting campaigners to ban bullfighting in France. Bullfighting may continue to be practiced in France and has been declared legal by the French Constitutional Council.
However, despite the fact that bullfighting is legal and the criterion for ‘uninterrupted local tradition’ has been taken into account, the ultimate purpose of this entertainment is to stage the killing of an animal.
Does the Commission believe that the practice of bullfighting in Europe respects animal welfare requirements?
Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission:
The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answers to written questions E‐002699/2011, E‐008975/2011, E‐010978/2011 and E‐004794/2012(1).