Animal rights activists have been trying to stop the running with the bulls in Spain for some time and now, as the activity has been imported to the USA, they’re trying to stop it before it becomes a tradition.
The first ever Great Bull Run is scheduled to happen at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in California this Saturday but an animal rights group has sued to stop it from happening.
The event is a knock off from the original run in Pamplona, Spain. An expected 3,000 participants run for a quarter of a mile in a dirt road while 20 bulls stampede after them. Some people find that thrilling but the animals (who unlike the people, do not choose to be there) usually get hurt in the process.
“Our investigators have also seen that the runners will often punch or slap the bulls as they run by,” said Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s Matthew Liebman. “It’s also dangerous in that the animals can get entangled in each other and fall and break a leg.”
The event organizer, Rob Dickens, who’s making quite a bit of change at the expense of the bulls at $75 for each participant, disagrees. Dickens argues that since the bulls aren’t running in European cobblestones, they don’t trip and so far none of his animals have gotten hurt in the events he’s done across the country.
“They have horse racing out here. They have rodeos all throughout California, and in those events people are on the animals’ backs either whipping them or kicking them in the side with metal spurs,” said Dickens who added that unless the animal rights activists can prove that rodeos and horse racing are animal cruelty, the event is still happening.
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