Spanish bullfighters get calves to slaughter so that they can imitate their matador idols
Amateur bullfighters were filmed with the slaughter of calves in Spain while imitating professional matadors.
Graphic images released by campaign group Torture Is Not Culture shows blood sport fans who want to taste the real fact that young men – often less than a year old – get killed.
Standing in the shoes of the professionals, enthusiasts are seen pumping the calves with banderillas before they ram a sword, called an estoca, through their shoulder blades, aimed at the heart.
Animal rights activists have made images in Madrid of a style of Spanish bullfighting called becerrada, which uses calves instead of adult males
Becerrada is usually practiced by trainee matadors or – as in this case – blood sport fans who want to imitate matadors but don't want to see a bull
While fully trained matadors can often die in one fatal blow, amateurs see it difficult – often they have to stab the calf several times.
Puntilleros are also brought in to stab the animals in the back with a dagger to end their suffering.
Filmed in Alalpardo, Madrid, the images also capture frightening sounds that the calves make while the slaughter takes place.
Marta Esteban of Animal Guardians said that calves make such sounds because they try to attract help from their herds, and that adult bulls make the sound less quickly.
Calves were used, she said, because inexperienced bullfighters don't dare mature adult bulls.
As with professional bullfighting, the calves are splashed with bandrillas & # 39; s before the & # 39; matadors & # 39; try to ram a saber between their shoulder blades, focused on their heart
While professional matadors are trained to make their kill in one go, amateurs often have to stab the calf several times, prolonging their suffering
& # 39; Calves are used by bullfighting students and enthusiasts – bullfighting enthusiasts who give it a try, as in this case, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Because they don't know how to do bullfighting, & # 39 ;, they place torture tools in inappropriate places.
& # 39; They often take them out and nail them again and again after unsuccessful attempts, creating a torment that is not the same as these small animals. & # 39;
Jose Enrique Zaldívar, who leads a group of vets who are against bullfighting, demanded that shows with calves – known as Becerradas – be banned.
& # 39; Because of their young age, the strength and ability of these calves to respond is much lower, and their level of stress and anxiety is much more accentuated, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The becerradas are undoubtedly one of the most horrific manifestations of animal abuse in our country and should be banned as quickly as possible. & # 39;
Graphic video made by animal campaigners shows the calves calling in distress for their herd, a sound they say adult males rarely
While the activists ultimately want to ban all forms of bullfighting, they claim that this should begin with Becerrada because it is the most cruel.
The calves used for Becerrada are always younger than two years and often younger than one year, when their horns only start to develop
While the free show was largely rejected by the public, campaigners claim that there were still children among the audience of around 100 people.
They claim that this is contrary to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which last year recommended children not to participate in the events as bullfighters or spectators.
& # 39; We require the authorities to take measures to prohibit the active or passive participation of children under the age of 18 in the becerradas &, said Marta.
& # 39; We can put an end to these very cruel shows that many bullfighting fans don't even like & # 39 ;, said Carmen Ibarlucea, president of La Tortura No Es Cultura.
& # 39; We urge everyone who rejects these glasses to help us finish them by entering the campaign page and participating in some of the ways we propose. & # 39;
A petition to stop the shows can be signed here
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