Animal Welfare Group Plans to Protest Great Bull(shit) Run

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We really wish we could interview one of the bulls...
On January 25, idiots will descend upon Baytown's Royal Purple Raceway to run with a bunch of bulls for some reason -- we're not really sure why, exactly -- and the University of Houston Law Center's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to be there protesting.

Although the Great Bull Run, LLC's organizers say the animals are not mistreated, SALDF President Alexis Braun -- like the Humane Society of the U.S. -- feels otherwise.

"Knowingly causing an animal to feel fear for our own amusement and entertainment is animal cruelty," Braun tells us in an email.

"Furthermore, the event serves no legitimate or redeeming social purpose. I see this event as further proof of Americans' ambivalence about animals -- hundreds, maybe thousands, of Houstonians will run with terrified bulls on Saturday and return to their homes and pets whom they love as family members."

The ironic thing is, in claiming how the event is not cruel, the Great Bull Run, LLC's website makes it sound, well, kinda lame: the bulls "have been trained to run the course without physical contact and to be accustomed to large crowds of humans, thereby eliminating any stress or fear on their part." (The site also states that "we've taken numerous measures to ensure our bulls remain safe and healthy at all times.")

However, the document participants are required to sign, absolving the company of liability in the event of injury or death, suggests otherwise. So which is it? Are the bulls so well-trained that this Pamplona Lite dickery is about as risky as a roller-coaster; or will it really boost your bona fides as a real-life daredevil?

Either way, we're with the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and HSUS on this. There's really gotta be a better way to spend a Saturday -- both for human and bull.

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williamrigby
williamrigby

All 3 of the protesters were very adorable. :)

williamrigby
williamrigby

This is priceless... as one of the idiot participants, I find it entertaining that you've obtained your information from a press release as opposed to contacting any organisers or participants. Resulting to name calling will always get your point across sir. If you'd like to interview one of the bulls, I suggest you man up,sign the waiver, and meet all of them.

craig.malisow
craig.malisow

@williamrigby Hi William -- I did interview one of the organizers. But the issue here is pretty basic: Group A says it's animal cruelty, Group B says it's not. It's not rocket science. I happen to agree with Group A, but hey, that's what makes the world go 'round! 

veggieburger
veggieburger

@craig.malisow @williamrigby These human (true) idiots lack the sensitivity or intelligence to know what is bull shit...and what is human poop.  All of the stupid human tricks which subject animals to unnatural behavior....constitute abuse.  Every organized group who perpetrates this cruelty....has a line of bullshit to promote denial of what they are actually doing....taking advantage of other sentient beings for the sick pleasure of (we) animals.  Seaworld sings of the great vet care of their captive marine mammals...but withholds that average life in their captivity is 1/7 of being in the wild.  Ask any animal if he really wants to dance and wear stupid outfits....

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