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'Dwarf bullfighters' in Spain

July 23, 2022

Their numbers may be dwindling, but they're still around: People of short stature who entertain audiences at bullfights in Spain. They call themselves "dwarf toreros" and fight young bulls – but they don't kill them.


They’re often dressed up as clowns, and their shows are controversial. Organizations promoting equality for short-statured people want to see dwarf bullfighting shows banned. Critics believe these performances make a mockery of people with achondroplasia, a genetic condition. They say it’s undignified. But the dwarf toreros want to keep performing. They say arena shows are fun and without them, their livelihood is at stake. They view a prohibition as a form of discrimination. A report by Norman Striegel.

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