The horrific moment an inexperienced 15-year-old girl takes seven blows to stab a calf to death in Spain amid criticism of the use of child matadors
- Footage has been released by animal rights activists to shame the organisers
- It shows four men piercing the bull and then the girl finishing it with a sword
- But the inexperienced child took seven stabs to finally land a fatal blow
- The spectacle in Esquivias, near Madrid, was held to honour the town’s women
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Published: 04:05 EDT, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 04:05 EDT, 11 September 2019
This is the horrific moment an inexperienced 15-year-old girl takes seven blows to stab a calf to death in Spain amid controversy over child matadors.
Footage of the vile event in Esquivias, Spain, was released by activists from Animal Guardians to shame the authorities into action.
In the video, the exhausted calf is already pierced by four banderillas when the girl tries to skewer him with a sword.
But her inexperience prevents her from landing a killing blow, forcing the animal to endure at least seven more stabs before he collapses.
Footage of the vile event in Esquivias, Spain, was released by activists from Animal Guardians to shame the authorities into action (pictured: the 15-year-old trying to land a lethal blow)
A 21-year-old woman poses with two children after the bullfight. The boy can be seen holding something aloft after the action and ears are hacked off from dying calves as trophies
The footage also shows children being presented with gruesome trophies – ears hacked from the dying calves, each of which was less than two years old.
In the past, activists could only guess at the ages of young participants, but this time they were able to confirm that the girl is 15 and that a boy who participated was 17.
Marta Esteban of Animal Guardians said that these events could warp how youngsters understand violence.
She said: ‘Would we consider it a form of entertainment to see boys and girls torturing dogs and cats, or even sheep? Why is it different with cattle? It clearly is not.
‘Allowing children to torture and kill animals, causing them such great suffering, especially as a public spectacle, is aberrant from the point of view of their physical and mental integrity.
The inexperienced child took seven stabs to finally land a fatal blow
The bloody spectacle in Esquivias, roughly 21 miles south of Madrid, was held to honour the women of the city but was poorly attended (pictured: the young girl stabs the wounded bull)
A bull bleeds from the mouth with wounds across its back as a matador taunts it in the ring
‘It eliminates their empathy towards others’ suffering, and opens the door to further violence – even if it’s only for entertainment.
‘This also nullifies the rights of the child to live in a violence-free environment.’
The latest outrage comes amid growing anger at the use of child matadors, with Ricky Gervais branding bullfighting schools ‘c*** academy’ in a recent outburst.
The bloody spectacle in Esquivias, roughly 21 miles south of Madrid, was held to honour the women of the city but was poorly attended.
Carmen Ibarlucea, president of La Tortura No Es Cultura, rejected the tribute.
‘Tributes to women – as in this case, bullfighting – are a tradition to be extinguished,’ she said.
‘Exhibiting female minors exerting violence against animals is not a way of promoting equality, and it contravenes the protection of children that Spain has signed to defend.’
A 17-year-old matador faces off against the bull at the ring in Esquivias
The young matador can be seen jumping out of the way as the bull lunges at him
Another woman, 21, also took part in the bullfighting that evening (pictured: a bull collapses after being stabbed through nerves in its spine)
Mrs Esteban said the show was held with support from the state, accusing both the region’s socialist-led government and the city’s conservative-led council of backing it.
She continued: ‘Since we are being ignored, we ask citizens from around the world to help us and write to the Spanish Embassy in their countries and demand the end of these practices.
‘From our side we will continue to bring to light these events and raise them to higher instances until we are heard.’
The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha and the city council of Esquivias have been contacted for comment.