In the course of our campaign against bullfighting, we encountered a particularly sardonic and warped aspect of the gruesome practice: the abuse of minors.
Firstly, children and young people are exposed to the brutal violence and the dangers of the corrida as passive spectators. Secondly, children are indoctrinated at bullfighting schools at a tender young age, learning how to torture and kill real animals in the precursor to their torero training.
Minors exposed to savage violence, actively and passively, themselves being “raised” to become animal torturers, inevitably become dangerously desensitised. As the “new generation” they contribute to the continuation of bullfighting and its entrenchment in society.
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Since 2011, we have been collating documents in bullfighting countries on how the bullfighting industry indoctrinates young people. Within this framework, we have been able to create detailed records regarding accidents, fatalities and injuries to children at bullfighting schools and bullfighting events.
Today, we possess comprehensive documentation on the indoctrination methods of bullfighting schools and how they expose children to the most brutal violence and subject them to huge risks during training and at bullfighting events. At the same time, we have compiled studies showing that people who torture animals are more likely to be violent towards other people.
Since 2012, we have held consultative status at the UN. Through this, we have been able to push the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to demand that bullfighting countries refrain from exposing minors to the violence of the corrida, whether actively or passively. This kind of traumatisation and blunting of young minds clearly violates the UN 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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