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Bardot urges pope to decry bullfighting

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Animal rights activist and former sex symbol Brigitte Bardot is urging Pope John Paul II to speak out against bullfighting in Spain.

"We implore you to spend a word to denounce that atrocious custom," read a letter signed by Bardot and released Tuesday by the Italian branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "You can do a lot to stop this terrible way of treating animals, God's creatures."

Her appeal came during the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. The Vatican had no comment on the letter.