DALLAS — Concerns are being raised across the state and the nation as an event patterned after the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, is being planned for 10 cities across the U.S., including two in Texas. It is called theGreat Bull Run, and it is being billed as an exciting experience.
However, Dallas Rising, Animal Rights Coalition program director, said that is not the case for the bulls.
"This is supposed to be something that's entertaining and fun," Rising said, "but it is not at all, for the animals that are involved. 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, because they have been."
Run organizers have 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 are not 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 jettisoned. Rising said she has heard 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 that they're upset about this and they don't plan to participate in this or any other event; and also they would contact sponsors," she said.
The first Great Bull Run is set for later this month in Virginia, where about 5,000 people have signed up. In Texas, events are scheduled for Dallas in December and in Houston next April.
More information is available at www.thegreatbullrun.com/.