Campaigners seek to end calf-killing in ‘becerradas’

One of five calves killed at Valsaín 'becerrada' in Valladolid earlier this month. Photo: PACMA via Twitter
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► PACMA denounces killing of five calves in ‘becerrada’ in Segovia province
► More than 100 municipalities nationwide allow similar killing of young calves

Anti-bullfighting campaigners in Spain are taking aim at the killing of young calves by amateurs in mock-bullfighting events known as becerradas that take place in more than 100 municipalities across Spain.

National animal-rights party PACMA (Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals) has released video footage showing the killing of five calves under the age of two years by young would-be bullfighters at a festival in Valsaín in Segovia province. According to PACMA, the calves were “tortured y stabbed to death in the presence of children, who were even allowed be present in the bullfighting arena, in violation of the law”.


Outrage against the killing of young calves in becerrada events has grown across Spain and internationally in recent months. An online petition in Spanish launched at calling for an end to all becerradas in Spain currently has been signed by more than 85,000 people.

► Sign Petition in Spanish to Stop ‘Becerradas’ calf-fighting events in Spain …

In July, PACMA launched the #STOPBECERRADAS campaign, then primarily targeting the town of El Espinar, where calves under the age of two were killed in a bloody becerrada in 2018.

PACMA spokesperson Laura Duarte told reporters that it is both “intolerable and shameful that this level of violence continues to be allowed under the excuse of the celebration of local festivals across the country. Causing animals to suffer until they are dead should no longer be tolerated in any way.”

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