A bullfighting school that trains youngsters to kill calves for entertainment faces a mounting wave of outrage by having teenagers slaughter 24 of the animals in just four days.
A bullfighting school in Spain trains children to be bullfighters by killing calves, cutting off their ears and displaying them as trophies. Known as 'Matador' in Spain, bullfighting has been extremely popular in the country for centuries. Of late, the sport has been accused of being barbaric and inhumane by people from all over the world. Animal rights activists are currently engaged in a struggle to ban the bloody 'sport' permanently.
The activists claim that bullfighting is a cruel or barbarous blood sport, in which the bull suffers severe stress and slow, torturous death. Close examinations of videos of this 'sport' will reveal that the activists clearly have the benefit of the doubt in this case. (WARNING: Graphic Video)
and this still happens in certain regions of France too. BEYOND DISGUSTING!! The terrifying thing is that thousands of people think this is mere entertainment! Throw them to the lions. 😡😡😡😡— Nigel Carren (@nigelcarren) June 4, 2019
A video shared by The Sun, shows many youths going through matador training in Colmenar Viejo near Madrid. The footage revealed that as many as 24 helpless calves were butchered by kids as young as 14 in the bullring, as part of their 'training' process.
Animal rights and liberation activists from 'Animal Guardians' and 'La Tortura No Es Cultura' (Torture Is Not Culture) have been credited with taking the video, which revealed the teenagers were made to kill the calves and proudly decorate body parts as trophies. The activists are now launching an international petition to ensure the calf-fights are banned from the country.
Uncle, I despair. I don’t know how in this day and age, they can think this is acceptable. Teaching young children to kill an innocent defenceless animal. It’s barbaric and cruel and it needs to be banned #banbullfighting #standtogethertostopthis #animalshelpinganimals pic.twitter.com/lwy27dU94E— Rupert Just a DOG with a big heart (@WeatherDog3) June 4, 2019
Marta Esteban of Animal Guardians said the exact ages of the would-be matadors could not be determined, but some youths start training at just 14. She said, "they usually start killing animals from 14 years old onwards and they usually stay in bullfighting schools until they are 18, although some stay until they are 21. This event violates the right of children and adolescents to live in an environment free of violence and it is imperative that something is done about it.".
Carmen Ibarlucea, president of La Tortura No Es Cultura, said, “It is inconceivable that these acts of extreme violence towards sentient beings can be considered a form of entertainment. They are an atrocity and should be banned. We ask people to sign our petition and write to the city council of Colmenar Viejo asking for the end of these spectacles."
I am a Spanish activist against this barbaric acts. Please help us by RT. We need international help to press our politicians and our Goverment. Only you can help us and avoid the suffering of the bulls.— Kanitines (@kanitines) June 4, 2019
From @AnimalGuar @LTNEC in Spain we are doing just that. That is why we have documented the event and published the video. We are also suing them. You can help by writing to the Cordoba Town Hall @ayuncordoba_es and their government @pscordoba and ask them to stop this atrocity!— Marta Esteban (@MartaEstebanM) June 4, 2019
Bullfighting in Spain has a long and prestigious history dating back several hundred years, if not more. However, of late, the sport has attracted much criticism in all sectors due to its violent abuse of bulls purely for entertainment's sake. Of course, the ones who defend the sport will proclaim that it is an integral part of Spanish culture.
A poll conducted in 2014–2015 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture placed bullfighting 10th in the list of most popular paid leisure activities. However, in 2015 it was reported that only 9.5% of Spaniards went to a paid bullfight, though the percentage of people who condone it but don't actively partake in is likely to be higher.
When people can't see past culture it pisses me off. "But we have been doing this for centuries" Yes you've been wrong for centuries, just because you've done it since ancient times doesn't make it right. Let me point towards slavery!— MGCXIII (@twiztidmagic) June 4, 2019
.— Karma Delivery Service (@MadKarmaBomber) June 4, 2019
Animal rights are civil rights...
RSPCA assistant director for public affairs, David Bowles, said: "The RSPCA is strongly opposed to bullfighting. It is an inhumane and outdated practice that continues to lose support, including from those living in the countries where this takes place such as Spain, Portugal, and France."
Comedian Ricky Gervais has condemned this school and the practice of Bullfighting as he took his rage onto Twitter and called this particular bullfighting school a 'c*** academy' last month.
He wasn't the only one who was enraged by the fact that there are actually registered schools that teach children to look at bulls as if they were non-living playthings. There is clearly a massive gap between humanely slaughtering animals for food and cruelly torturing them for the sake of sport or entertainment. Unfortunately for all the bulls that were born into such a life and have suffered terribly until their very last breath, the authorities in Spain have not yet come to that realization.