Anger at Spanish bullfighting school where children from 14 calves calve and their severed ears parade as trophies
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- Children who become bullfighters kill calves and cut their ears off as trophies
- Video shows young people taking matador training courses in Colmenar Viejo near Madrid
- No fewer than 24 helpless calves butchered by children as young as 14 in the arena
A bullfighting school that trains young people to kill calves for entertainment has defied a growing wave of indignation by allowing teens to slaughter 24 animals in just four days.
Comedian Ricky Gervais joined the choir of anger after four calves were slaughtered by young people as part of their matador training last month, branding of bullfighting schools & # 39; c *** academy & # 39 ;.
But now a school in Colmenar Viejo has doubled in disturbing practice by having 24 of the helpless beings killed by its students within four days.
Recordings made by activists from Animal Guardians and La Tortura No Es Cultura (Torture Is Not Culture) show that bullfighters are clearly teenagers.
A young bullfighter launching swords known as a banderilla & s as a calf during the training event in Spain
While the calves are dying, their ears are cut off and a young trainee matador holds him up at the arena in Colmenar Viejo
The arena is almost empty, but children watch as a boy sees the slaughter recorded on his tablet PC.
Some of the younger children are later presented with ears from the dying animals as a horrible trophy.
Marta Esteban of Animal Guardians said the exact age of the future matadors could not be determined, but some young people start training at the age of only 14.
She said: & # 39; They usually start killing animals from 14 years old and they usually stay in bullfighting schools until they are 18, although some stay until they are 21.
& # 39; This event violates the right of children and adolescents to live in a non-violent environment and it is imperative that something is done about it. & # 39;
Young trainee matadors paraded around the ring with severed calves
Young matadors were seen taking part in the becerradas events or calf battles, while even younger children watched the crowd
The calf fights, known as becerradas in Spanish, are described by the bullfighting schools as & # 39; practical lessons & # 39; considered.
Calves are often used when inexperienced matadors or untrained guests enter the arena because they are less dangerous to humans.
Calves, however, feel the pain of the swords and banderilla's more – the ones they encounter are less experienced and the blows are less likely to be fatal, prolonging torture.
Now the activists are launching an international petition to ensure that the calf bans are banned from the country.
Carmen Ibarlucea, president of La Tortura No Es Cultura, said: & It is unthinkable that these forms of extreme violence against conscious beings can be seen as a form of entertainment.
& # 39; They are an atrocity and must be banned. We ask people to sign our petition and write to the Colmenar Viejo City Council with a request for the end of these glasses. & # 39;
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