Moving away from the feelings of taurofilia or taurofobia, we must highlight and remember the numbers that give bullfighting in our country (2016 data). Far from the vision of the animalists that the bulls is a cultural sector totally subsidized and inflated, the income "sing" and demonstrate the economic, social and cultural importance of bullfighting in our country: This is the most clarifying summary. (numbers provided by the Ministry, that is, officers.)
1 / GENERAL BUDGETS OF THE STATE: There is only one item from the Ministry of Culture of 30,000 euros (endowment of the National Award). Nothing else. This represents a 0.01% of the total allocated to cultural activities. The film industry receives 1,835 times more, although it raises three times less at the box office.
2 / AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES: Only 4 of the 17 (Andalusia, Valencia, Aragón and Madrid) allocate something to the bulls; in total, 0'3% of their cultural budgets. In Madrid, it is not that the Community finances the bulls but the other way round: the fee charged by the Plaza exceeds its bullfighting expenses.
3 / TOWN HALLS: They allocate to the bulls 20,116,278 euros (1.4% of their cultural budgets). In 83% of the cases, for the popular bullfighting celebrations, so ingrained in many localities. That is why municipalities governed by parties from across the political spectrum, including Izquierda Unida, Bildu and Esquerra, do so.
4 / DIPUTATIONS. Only 11, out of 41, help the bulls: in total, 2.8% of what they dedicate to Culture. A large part of the bullfighting expenses of City Councils and Provincial Councils are recovered by the rent leases of the Plazas that they own, or by the income, if they are managed directly.
5 / VAT. For this concept, the Administration enters, in the bullfighting festivities, 43 million euros (three times more than in the case of Spanish cinema). Bullfighting is the Spanish cultural manifestation that generates more tax revenues.
6 / ECONOMIC IMPACT of bullfighting: 1,600 million euros.
7 / WORK POSITIONS. After a year, the Fiesta generates around 200,000; of them, 57,000 directly: 1'16 of the labor occupation of the Spanish population.
8 / SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS of the bullfighting professionals: 12,130,751 euros. Adding this to the collection by VAT, assumes that the State comes from the bulls, that year, more than 56 million euros.
9 / THE EUROPEAN UNION does not subsidize bullfighting; yes there are agricultural aids to livestock, like those of the rest of bovine farms. (Excluding those of wild cattle would imply discrimination and have serious health consequences).
10 / SPECTATORS. Almost 25 million witnessed bullfighting of all kinds (more than double those who attend the theater or watch Spanish cinema).
11 / ANNUAL COLLECTION: 208,877. 623 EUROS. The Bullfighting is the first cultural event of masses, in Spain.
12 / BUSINESS VOLUME. The direct contribution of the bulls to the Spanish economy is 422,798,548 euros.
13 / FOREIGN SPECTATORS. Those who went to some places to see bulls spent on them 361,130,848 euros, which benefited, above all, hotels, transport and catering companies.
14 / INDUCED ECONOMIC IMPACT. The increase in production, as a consequence of the bulls, is valued at more than 800 million euros.
15 / MULTIPLIER EFFECT. For every euro paid directly into the Fiesta, 2'8 are generated in the economic system.
16 / TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT: In 2013, 1,604,216,934 euros (0.16 of the Gross Domestic Product of the country). Last year for which there is closed data.
17 / THE FAIRS. It is estimated that a week of bulls generates, in a city, 5.8 million. There are cases, such as that of the bullfighter José Tomás, who has the hotels and restaurants of a city filled during a weekend. And in general these two sectors in the Fairs of the Spanish cities and towns.
18 / SOME EXAMPLES. San Isidro generates 61'8 million euros; San Fermín, 26'2 million; the April Fair, 17.9 million.
With these data in hand, the fallacy that the bulls live on subsidies is clearly dismantled. In addition, it must be borne in mind that bullfighting is the only economic, cultural and social sector that is also boycotted and attacked in a systematic manner, so that it costs a lot to get sponsorships and private investments.
There is also no political party that supports this sector in the public media, as if it does with other cultural sectors. A basic support for the development and empowerment of bullfighting in the new generations. It is therefore not only not fully subsidized but little supported, having been considered by law to be "Asset of Inmetarial Cultural Interest".
In short, I recognize you as "son", but that "do not see us together".