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Seeing Red Over Planned Running of the Bulls

PHOTO: Some Americans will soon have a chance to "run with the bulls" without going to Spain, but plans for the ten U.S. events have upset some people who see them as animal abuse. Photo credit: www.viajar24h.com
PHOTO: Some Americans will soon have a chance to "run with the bulls" without going to Spain, but plans for the ten U.S. events have upset some people who see them as animal abuse. Photo credit: www.viajar24h.com
August 8, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - The ads invite you to party like Pamplona and have an experience like no other. Tickets are almost sold out for the Great Bull Run happening later this month at Virginia Motorsports Park near Petersburg. It's the first of similar events across the country, patterned after the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Dallas Rising, program director, Animal Rights Coalition, said it's potentially dangerous for participants, and not fun for the animals.

"The animals are not running because they're having a good time," Rising said. "They're running either because they are scared or because they're in pain - or they're scared of being in pain, because they have been."

Organizers said they do not abuse the bulls in any way and that a veterinarian is always on-site. They also noted that the bulls they use aren't as aggressive as those that run in Pamplona, where dozens of participants are injured each year. There have been 15 reported deaths over the history of Spain's Running of the Bulls.

Those concerned about the event have started a nationwide petition calling for the U.S. bull runs to be canceled. Rising said she is hearing from people who are reaching out to the organizers, planned hosts and advertisers.

"A lot of people have contacted us with concerns about it, really upset. So generally what would happen is people would contact the venue and say they're upset about this and they don't plan to participate in this or any other event; and also contact sponsors," she said.

More information is available at http://bit.ly/13DjyNC.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - VA