Page 2, 12th May 1961

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Page 2, 12th May 1961 — Bullfighting Condemned

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Bullfighting Condemned

SIR.A Spanish correspondent notes with concern that schoolchildren from a Newmarket convent school were taken by their teacher to a bullfight. He is gratified, however. by the action taken by the West Riding Education Committee who have forbidden their children to attend bullfights when on holiday in Spain. He writes:

"I should like to point out that any British Educational Authorities who request British children not to go to bullfights are respecting Spanish law. The Royal Decree of 21st December, 1929, forbids children under 14 to attend bullfights. This law has never been revoked, but, I regret to say, in these times it is not enforced by the local authorities , , ."

That the law still exists is confirmed in a reply from the Spanish Home Secretary. It was revealed by a distinguished Spaniard in answer to his query and was dated 26 October. 1959: "I confirm that in conformity with the Decree all Provincial Civil Governors are enjoined to see that children under 14 are not admitted to ally kind of taurine spectacle including comic bullfights." Bullfighting has been condemned many times by the Holy See and by high Churchmen, but these pronouncements are disregarded in Spain and other countries where bullfighting takes place. Margaret W. Watkins Moorpark.

Cardross, Dunbartonshire.

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