Let me start by saying I don't like bullfights. I'm not knowledgeable enough to pontificate on the subject but I think any fool can see that bullfighting is torture. Bullfighting is wrong.
Once a year in our town ("pueblo") there is a fun, family event which owes it's existence to bullfighting-The bloody slaughter of bulls heartless morons refer to as sport/art.
This event is called “Chiqui encierro” which means (contextually translated) “running of the bulls for little ones”. In this event both the running of the bulls and a bullfight are simulated for the fun and enjoyment of the children. What impressed me about our local Chiqui encierro was that none of the violence of an actual bullfight is re-enacted. After the fake bulls stomp the ground and run after the kids they just run back from whence they came. The kids love it.
When I first came across the childrens' bullfighting 'fiesta' it was with mixed emotion. On one hand it was clear that this was part of an indoctrination to the acceptance bullfighting, on the other hand it was a stink load of fun for the whole family. It didn't take long to see you could have the childrens' bullfighting event without the real thing. To the children it's just a “get out of the way of the big pretend bull or it'll get-cha” day. If the parents don't teach their children about the real blood sport, then the children need never now about it. If I had my way, the real bullfight need never happen at all.
Every year we take son (3 years old at time of writing) up to the local square (“Plaza”) where he can tire himself out running around and having fun. For them its more about avoiding the big foam animal than any malice towards animals.
Only children of 6year or older are permitted to get close to the bulls because they can get knocked over.
The following video on youtube shows the action (further down are some Chiqui encierro photos):
Here is some information regarding the running of the bulls/bullfighting event for children:
The Chiqui encierro event shown in the youtube video was filmed in Escalona, Toledo, Spain
No bulls or cows were harmed in the making (although a few unlucky children ended up with a crazed knee or a bruise as the result of avoiding the fake bulls).
The whole Chiqui encierro lasts about an hour and a half.
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