The Community of Madrid will dedicate 4.5 million euros to the livestock sector focused on the breeding of the fighting bull. The news comes after the new sanitary restrictions prohibited the attendance of the public in the bullfighting festivities, which until now had the capacity restricted to 75%. Of the total amount, 3 million will go to the delivery of 1,500 euros per mother cow up to a maximum of 100,000.
The regional government has wanted to emphasize that this measure is “unique in Spain” and that in this way it aims to support the sector, which has been directly affected by the economic crisis unleashed by covid-19.
Paloma Martín, Minister of the Environment, met this Friday with breeders’ associations of all to convey the support of the Community Executive. At the same time, Martín has informed them that contributions of up to 7,000 euros per farm will be made in a plan linked to the Rural Development Program, as well as subsidized credits to facilitate their economic survival.
The counselor has also said that they are going to relaunch the Bull Routes, a project dedicated to promoting the livestock activity of the fighting bull from a tourist point of view. This approach has been praised by Martín as “a means of complementary income” for livestock companies in the region, and has praised the breeding of this animal as a “traditional activity” that contributes to the conservation of ecosystems, increasing the biodiversity and population fixation to the rural environment.
Martín has emphasized that the regional government “will continue to support the sector in its demands”, among which is the reduction in VAT on its activities. In the Community of Madrid there are 64 livestock farms that generate approximately 12,000 direct and indirect jobs, and 13,000 specimens of this animal, which makes it the Spanish region with the highest density of wild cattle per square kilometer.
The City Council and the Community of Madrid agreed in July to sign a collaboration protocol for the defense and promotion of bulls , which they claim as one of the bastions of the region’s cultural heritage.