Child protection and anti-bullfighting campaigners managed Thursday to suspend a battle between a Franco-Mexican child bullfighter and six young bulls due this weekend in southeast Mexico.
The city hall in Merida announced the suspension of the bullfight by Michelito, an 11-year-old bullfighting star, against six calves aged from one to two years, or "becerros."
The state human rights commission was studying the case following complaints from animal rights groups and child protection officials as well as an appeal for the fight to go on from the bullfighter's father, said Manuel Ibarra, a city hall official.
Several bullfights by Michelito were banned in France last summer after protests from anti-bullfighting associations.
Michelito's father, former French bullfighter Michel Lagravere, told AFP he hoped Saturday's bullfight would still go ahead.
"It's not a ban but a suspension," Lagravere said, adding that prosecutors would make a final decision late Friday.
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 becerrada participants because "he fights in corridas aiming to kill."