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Contact National Enquirer Magazine Regarding Child Bullfighter

The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is a very popular family-oriented tabloid magazine.  A few weeks ago they gave some compassionate coverage to SHARK'S anti-rodeo effort; unfortunately in the 7/31 issue they feature a full-page piece celebrating a child bullfighter ( It is accompanied by a photo of this poor animal with lances in his back, bowed before the child torturer. This article is not available online - here is a portion:

'He's the worlds youngest matador - no bull!'

By John Blosser

He stands in the ring armed only with a red cape and small sword.  His opponent is an angry 400-pound, razor-horned animals whose instinct is to charge and gore.  The matador holds his sword in the air, fearless, ready to do battle.

And he is only 9 years old.  He began at age 4.

"He has great intuition and bullfighting comes easy to him," say his instructors.  "He will become a great bullfighting figure in the next decade.  He's got it in his blood."

Recently a 'Vaquilla' - a cow with horns - lifted the boy and threw him to the ground.  Fortunately two adult bullfighters distracted the animal before any harm was done.


This distressing article, which promotes child cruelty,  makes ABSOLUTELY NO REFERENCE to the vast animal protection effort - even within Spain itself - to put a stop to this brutal, heartless blood sport.  It is a totally praiseful puff piece that has NO PLACE in a family-oriented weekly magazine.

Please complain STRONGLY about this magazine content, and demand that National Enquirer ONLY show kind acts and depictions of animals:

American Media, Inc is the parent company for the ENQUIRER; please cc them as well:

Letters to the editor:
[email protected] (appx 100 wds or less, inc contact info)

cc:  [email protected]

Please also cc American Media, Inc, NE's parent company:

Daniel Rotstein
Senior Vice President - Administration and Human Resources
EMAIL: [email protected]

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