Gard Region. – 9 of 16 municipalities that take part in the tournament for “bull killers” beginners called ‘seedling bullfighters ’ `presented the sad spectacle of adolescents of between 13 and 16 years cruelly torturing and killing calves. The suffering of the calves is prolonged and agonising since these young beginners do not have the experience or physical force to kill the animals cleanly.
On October 9 the final of the tournament took place in Saint-Gilles. However no prizes were awarded because this lamentable spectacle was so drawn out that finally the animals had to be put out of their misery with a dagger.
The costs of organising this tournament was a staggering 300.000 euros, paid for by taxpayers, the vast majority of whom are totally opposed to the staging of so cruel spectacle and to the subsidy generally that is paid out to support bullfights in his region.