'Sex kitten' Bardot savages bear show

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

RENNES, France, April 22 (AFP) - Former French film actress Brigitte Bardot called Friday for the banning of a show involving a bear at an upcoming underground hunting festival.

RENNES, France, April 22 (AFP) - Former French film actress Brigitte Bardot called Friday for the banning of a show involving a bear at an upcoming underground hunting festival.  

In a letter to the mayor of Braspart, in the west of Brittany in western France, she said it was "shocking that in France people who exhibit bears should still be exercising their ignoble profession", according to the animal protection society she founded.  

"Shows by exhibitors of bears in France are monstrous and should be banned," she said in her letter.  

She said that the bear was "one of the species most persecuted by man" and told the mayor his festival was sadly associated with the suffering of wild animals."  

"In effect hunting underground involves unbearable cruelty to the animals that are chased and massacred in total impunity."  

Normally underground hunting involves the use of hounds to flush out foxes and badgers.  

Bardot, 70, was famous for her often sexy film roles in the 1950s and 1960s, but has not made a film for 30 years and now devotes herself to animal welfare.

© AFP

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