Child Matadors in Mexico’s Bullrings, says NYT

This is a fascinating story from the NewYorkTimes about bullfighters as young as 14 getting into the ring. They’re not allowed to fight professionally in Spain, but in Mexico it’s a different story.

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2 Responses to "Child Matadors in Mexico’s Bullrings, says NYT"

  1. jim stewart   July 8, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I am an avid afficionado of bullfighting. I am all for promoting the event but not with youngsters. Bullfight promotors are doing themselves a disservice by putting children into the ring, bringing down even more criticism to a spectacle already under fire. It is not uncommon to see boys as young as 17 in novileros, and I support that. I’d say children as young as 11 or 12 could face small animals (no larger than yearlings) for caping and practice, but 17 should be the youngest age allowed in a public venue.

  2. Reyna Horuath   September 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    While I think this will fail, I do think it is wise – if they ever want to be taken seriously – to stick with the fall. Even the most serious Football fan will ever take a spring league seriously, and never mind the casual fans. If they do want to be a serious entity, the fall is the way to go. That being said, the fall is probably a bigger barrier to entry but if they want staying power, they must overcome. Did I say this was doomed yet?

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