A Spanish matador has come under fire after pictures emerged of him fighting bulls while holding his baby daughter in his arms.

Women’s Weekly report – In a move that has outraged parents and animal-activists alike Francisco “Fran” Rivera Ordonez used his Instagram account to brag about his five-month-old daughter’s “debut” in the ring.


The caption in Spanish reads:

“There is no safer place for her to be than in my arms. Carmen’s debut. She’s the fifth generation of bullfighters in our family. My grandfather and my father were bullfighters. My father did this with me, and I have done it with my daughter Cayetana and now with Carmen.”

The Spanish bullfighter was widely condemned for his actions and the case has been referred to prosecutors after the Andalusia’s Ombudsman for Children’s office said it showed a “situation of unnecessary risk to a minor”.

“We hope that such behaviour is not repeated and that the social media reaction ensures that it is not accepted as normal,” the ombudsman’s office said in a statement (in Spanish).

But fellow bullfighters are standing by Fran – who is widely recognised as one of Spain’s most popular matadors – and posting their own pictures of themselves with children in the ring.

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  • I wouldn’t allow my own child to be placed in such a situation but can understand the father wanting to keep the tradition alive. A bit like Steve Irwin taking baby Bob in with the crocodiles… If the parents feel comfortable with it then that’s the main thing…


  • I hate this horrible act, very cruel to the beautiful creatures. And very risky bringing a child into the ring, though I’m sure to them it’s normal…


  • Such a barbaric sport should be ban. And I know he believes that he’s in control but its really dangerous and stupid behaviour to involve his child.




  • oh my some people just arent aware of the dangers.


  • well you know people have done this type of thing before, steve irwin, michael jackson etc.


  • This is pretty disturbing. Maybe in his eyes this is safe but I can guarantee it isn’t in anyone elses!!


  • Oh my goodness this is one of the most awful photos I have seen for a while. How was that mother feeling.


  • He may be one of the best bullfighters but accidents can happen and placing a child in a situation that can possibly harm is a NO.
    I also feel this type of thing is cruel and very inhumane and to the first question asked above : one word SICK.


  • Bull fighting is cruel and dangerous and the environment is dangerous for adults, let alone a baby!


  • How irresponsible. I don’t care how good a bullfighter he is, this animals are unpredictable.


  • This image just makes me feel disgusted!


  • This just so stupid, honestly what are people thinking when they do things like this and then proudly present it to the world.


  • I don’t like this at all – such a dangerous sport has no pace for such reckless behaviour with kids.


  • This bullfighter has got rocks in his head. If it is a family tradition it is crazy and not logical. Bull fighting is so cruel. I saw a doco once on how the poor bull suffers to it’s death. Totally brutal and inhumane.


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