Video shows the ears were hacked off one of the dying animals and presented to a child matador as a trophy, while another boy was handed the animal's tail.
MICHAEL HAVIS: ‘Horrifying images of bulls younger than two years old being tortured to death by children in Spain have been described as ‘unfit for a civilized country’. The outrageous scenes were filmed at an arena in Cordoba, where student bullfighters – some apparently minors – were invited to skewer the helpless calves for entertainment. Video shows the ears were hacked off one of the dying animals and presented to a child matador as a trophy, while another boy was handed the animal’s tail. The footage also revealed a student bullfighter – seemingly a teenager – who appeared to have been injured, with his face caked in blood as he attacks.
According to campaigners from Animal Guardians and La Tortura No Es Cultura (Torture Is Not Culture), the outrage is repeated annually in a so-called homage to Cordovan women. ‘Every year they do this calf-fighting and they say they do it as a homage to Cordovan women,’ said Marta Esteban of Animal Guardians… ‘They also do it to promote the students learning bullfighting at different bullfighting schools in Andalusia.’
She continued: ‘The ear and/or tail of the animals are offered to the bullfighters if they perform well and then these are given to the public as a ‘present’. ‘As you see in the video, one of the animals is still alive when the ear is cut off. The other ear is moving while they do that. ‘We cannot know the exact age of the bullfighting students involved. Some look under 18. They can kill animals from 14 years on… We demand politicians take immediate measures so that this type of event stops taking place in our country, and children and adolescents are protected from this violence.’ SOURCE…