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Seeing Red Over Planned Running of the Bulls

PHOTO: More 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: More 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 13, 2013

PHOENIX - Concerns are being raised across the nation as a series of events patterned after the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, is being planned for ten cities around the U.S. It's called the "Great Bull Run" and it's billed as an exciting experience, but according to Dallas Rising, program director for the Animal Rights Coalition, that isn't the case for the bulls.

"This is supposed to be something that's entertaining and fun, but it is not at all for the animals who are involved," she declared. "I mean, the animals are not running because they're having a good time. They're running either because they are scared or because they're in pain, or they're scared of being in pain."

A similar Arizona "Running of the Bulls" event has taken place for the past two years in Cave Creek, using rodeo bulls instead of the more aggressive fighting bulls used in Spain. As of now, there is no "Great Bull Run" scheduled for Arizona but there are events planned next year in California.

Those concerned about the events have started a nationwide petition calling for the U.S. bull runs to be jettisoned. Rising said she's 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. A lot of people have contacted us really upset," she said. "So generally, what would happen is, you know, people would contact the venue and say that they're upset about this and they don't plan to participate in this or any other event, and also contact sponsors."

Organizers say they do not abuse the bulls in any way and that a veterinarian is always on site. And with less-aggressive bulls, they expect the events to be safer than in Pamplona, where dozens of participants are injured each year. There have been 15 reported deaths in the history of Spain's Running of the Bulls.

More information is at bit.ly/13DjyNC.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ