If passed, the legislation will see public funds used to prop up the industry, a move that is not supported by Spanish citizens. A recent Ipsos MORI poll showed that three out of four people in Spain do not wish their taxes to be used for this purpose.
In the Netherlands, groups gathered in front of the Spanish Embassy, using Spanish Flamenco dancing, to underline the message that real culture stops where animal cruelty begins. WSPA teams in Copenhagen, Denmark and Canberra, Australia have also visited their Spanish Embassies to oppose the proposed legislation.
The proposed legislation is currently being discussed by members of the Culture Committee in the Congress of Deputies (lower house). The final text of the legislation is scheduled to be discussed and voted on by both houses of the Spanish parliament within the next week.