-I have read with a feeling
of horror the report in the "Times" of a party of 21 girls from a convent school in Newmarket being taken on a trip to Spain and being allowed to watch a hull fight in which six bulls were killed.
The purpose of this visit, so one of the teachers stated was to "broaden the minds of the girls". I was thankful to see that the two nuns who went with the party did not attend this spectacle, the girls were accompanied by a lay teacher.
A local priest says that he has had no complaints from the girls parents, and that "No doubt it (bull fighting) gives a great number of people great pleasure".
When many Catholics, and 1 an' proud to be one of them, are fighting for the better and more Christian treatment of animals this statement is scarcely encouraging.
If to watch this slaughter of animals will "broaden the minds" of the scholars, which the lay teacher states was the object of this visit to Spain, surely the local authorities might be persuaded to allow the girls to visit the local slaughter houses at regular intervals. This would save the expense of a long train journey to Spain.
Naomi Jacob Casa Micki, Sirmione, Italy.