Animal rights activists voice concern about Minnesota bull run

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The Great Bull Run is bringing its version of Spain's Running of the Bulls to Minnesota for the first time this summer, and animal rights activists aren't happy about it.

The goal of the event is for participants to out-sprint 18 angry bulls over a quarter-mile course. More than 2,000 people have already signed up for the $60-$75 event, which is scheduled to take place in Elk River's Extreme Motor Park on June 21.

A bull run was planned in Canterbury Park last year, but was cancelled due to safety concerns after a bull got loose at the Dakota County Fair, the Star Tribune reports.

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Rob Dickens, a former Wall Street attorney who started the Great Bull Run company with Brad Scudder, his friend from law school, told the Star Tribune that bull runs are supposed to be dangerous.

"Running with bulls is inherently dangerous and runners don't want it to be safe," Dickens said. "Danger gives a sense of accomplishment when [the run is] done."

Still, Dickens and his partner assure participants that running with bulls isn't as dangerous as it sounds and that only 15 people have died in the last 105 years of runs.

"Plus, unlike the running of the bulls in Spain, our bulls aren't killed after the event or otherwise abused in order to make them run," they write on their website. "We don't hit them, shock them, or deprive them of food, water, light, or sleep. In fact, we've taken numerous measures to ensure our bulls remain safe and healthy at all times."

Additionally, the bulls run on grass and dirt, rather than on city streets, and a veterinarian is always on site.

But some are still concerned about the safety of the bulls. PETA recently launched a campaign against the Great Bull Run, urging venues (including the Extreme Motor Park in Elk River) to drop the event.

"There is no way to be sure that these animals won't suffer or become injured at these events. After having been loaded onto trucks, potentially driven hundreds of miles, and herded into an arena filled with screaming people, the bulls will run in panic as they are chased by horses through a rowdy crowd. As they rush through the course, they can crash into the barriers, fall and break their legs, or collide with and injure each other," they wrote.

PETA proposes hosting animal-free events instead, citing an event in New Orleans in which the local roller derby team chases participants down a track as an example. Alternatively, they suggest dressing humans in bull costumes for a "fun, family-friendly event that does not put animals in harm's way."

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18 comments
Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

I wonder what it's like to be so uptight; the only fun you have is the half hour you dedicate once a week to watch The Mindy Project. Stop trying to humanize animals, they're fucking animals, dummy.

Robert Abe Abraham
Robert Abe Abraham

I am concerned for the safety of the bulls. There are some really hard headed Germans in Minnesota.

Georgianna Davies
Georgianna Davies

Really? This is BS. It's cruel, awful, and stupid. Using scared animals as entertainment? Way to evolve, asshats. Though I do hope the organizers and participants are gravely injured, I know they'll only punish and kill the animal in the end (and for what? Running away from a bunch of screaming clowntards). Sad.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

It isn't just "animal rights activists" - it's sane people all over Minnesota.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

This is the most ridiculous thing ever. Pure stupidity.

Adam A.
Adam A.

Pharmaceutical corps don't want any competition.

Amanda Dobbs
Amanda Dobbs

I wish I could corral the asshats who are organizing this and treat them the same way they treat these animals. It's unnecessary and cruel to do this.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I think its a terrible idea. No I am not some animal rights whack either but..... If you wanna run from bulls I hope you end up with a horn up your asshole!

Kevin Cornell
Kevin Cornell

recipe for disaster all around. not good at all.

MissDolittle
MissDolittle

I'm totally with you! What decent person would enjoy this type of cruelty and probably take their kids along too. I'll never understand how anyone can get off at the suffering of any living being. There must be something serious wrong with them.

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