Feb 21, 2012, 10:36 AM EST
They say they do it because they want to be taken seriously as athletes, but it’s difficult to watch this troupe of “dwarf” bullfighters, and not cringe just a little. The Enanitos Toreros are a group of six comedians from Yucatan who travel across Mexico to stage bullfights.
There are 10 to 20 bullfighting troupes employing about 200 little people nationwide, said Rigoberto Madrigal, president of the Little People of Mexico, a support group for people with dwarfism.
“The shows are denigrating, but some of these people have no other way of making a living,” Madrigal said. He said he worries the shows promote an image of little people as circus oddities.
It should be noted that all of the troupes use calves, and not full-grown bulls. And they claim that none of the animals are harmed in the shows. But no one has yet asked how the calves feel about it.
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