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In symbolic move, EU parliament votes against spending farm aid to profit bullfighting

  • In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, a youth student casts his shadow against a bullring wall next to a cape and sword at the end of a class in a bullfighting school in Madrid. A majority in the European Union's legislature wants the EU not to spend farm subsidies that could profit the raising of cattle for bullfighting. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, a youth student casts his shadow against a bullring wall next to a cape and sword at the end of a class in a bullfighting school in Madrid. A majority in the European Union's legislature wants the EU not to spend farm subsidies that could profit the raising of cattle for bullfighting. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, a youth student looks on from behind a wooden fence inside a small bullring during a class in a bullfighting school in Madrid. A majority in the European Union's legislature wants the EU not to spend farm subsidies that could profit the raising of cattle for bullfighting. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, a youth student looks on from behind a wooden fence inside a small bullring during a class in a bullfighting school in Madrid. A majority in the European Union's legislature wants the EU not to spend farm subsidies that could profit the raising of cattle for bullfighting. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

European Union lawmakers have declared their opposition to using farm subsidies to raise cattle for bullfighting.

In a vote Wednesday that was high in symbolism but had little direct impact, the EU parliament approved an amendment to a budgetary report to say that EU money "should not be used for the financing of lethal bullfighting activities." It passed on a 438-199 vote with 50 abstentions.

The EU's common farm policy does not specifically allocate money to bullfighting or to raising fighting bulls, but general subsidies can end up being used for breeding bulls in Spain, Portugal or France for the popular Spanish pastime.

Bullfighting is widely criticized outside of Spain and has come under increasing pressure in the country itself.