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Spain: Cruelty To Animals And Ec Membership

Volume 448: debated on Monday 20 February 1984

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will represent to the Spanish Government that bullfighting and the atrocities inflicted on live geese at the festival of E1 Carpio de Tojo are incompatible with membership of the EEC.

The presence or absence of animal protection legislation is not relevant to membership of the European Community and provides no grounds for the Government making such representations. In the United Kingdom, bullfighting, and all other forms of cruelty to domestic and captive animals, are made illegal by the Protection of Animals Act 1911 (1912 in Scotland).