UN: No bullfighting for kids

  • 10 Februari 2014
Bullfight, BBC
Bullfights are still popular in Spain and Portugal.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on Portugal to impose restrictions on children taking part in or watching bullfights.

It is concerned about their impact on minors' mental and physical health.

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Alison Roberts

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In Portugal, there are bullfighting schools where children can learn techniques from any age – albeit not necessarily involving a live animal. The UN Committee wants a minimum age of 12.

It also expressed concern about minors attending bullfights as spectators, given the often very bloody violence involved, and would like the current minimum age of six to be raised.

Unlike in neighbouring Spain, in Portugal the bull is not killed in the ring, but is invariably badly mauled before being led away to be slaughtered out of sight.

Portugal's government and political parties have not so far responded to the Committee's recommendations.

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albeit: meskipun

spectators: penonton

ring: arena pertunjukan

mauled: terluka

slaughtered: dibantai, disembelih

responded: merespon

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