(AFP) – Jan 24, 2009
MEXICO CITY (AFP) — A Franco-Mexican child bullfighter killed six young bulls in a controversial spectacle that child protection and anti-bullfighting campaigners had hoped to stop.
"I'm happy to have achieved this great victory," said Michelito Lagravere, the 11-year-old matador before leaving the bloodied bull ring in Merida, southeastern Mexico.
A local judge earlier gave the go-ahead for the child to fight six calves aged from one to two years after reviewing licenses and permits submitted by the child's father, former French bullfighter Michel Lagravere.
Animal rights groups and child protection officials had previously complained to the state human rights commission to suspend the event.
A video of the fight will be sent to Guinness for consideration for a world record -- for the number of bulls killed and the age of the bullfighter.
Some 3,500 people, including many young children, gathered at the ring to witness the bullfight.
Several bullfights by Michelito were banned in France last summer after protests from anti-bullfighting associations.
Michelito has killed dozens of bulls in Mexico since he was six years old.
The anti-bullfighting alliance in France said it had targeted him over other younger matadors because "he fights in corridas aiming to kill."
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