POPULARITY OF BULL FIGHTING WANES

A recent survey has shown that the popularity of the bullfight has dropped from 55% of the population in 1971 to 27% last October. It also showed that 17% of young people under 25 and just over 16% of those aged 25 to 34 are interested in bullfights, while 41% of those aged 64 or older are regulars at the corrida. Of those who said they were not interested at all, nearly 80% were women. While the figures show there are fewer aficionados, bullfighters are earning more money, mainly in the south of France which is becoming a kind of last refuge for them. However, the French government is considering following the example of Catalonia and the Basque Country, where minors under 14 and 16 respectively are not allowed to attend bullfights.

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