On December 3, 2013 the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a letter asking local officials in Chambers County, Texas to cancel the Great Bull Run Company’s event in the interest of public safety and animal welfare.
According to the letter sent to Judge Sylvia by ALDF, the Great Bull Run violates section 751.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, which prohibits mass gatherings without a permit. The Chambers County court admits the Great Bull Run Company has not even bothered to apply for such a permit.
“We call bull on this ‘sport.’ It is both dangerous to the public and antagonistic to innocent animals,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF. “Chambers County is obligated to put a stop to this cruel and illegal mass gathering.”
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Great Bull Run events entail serious risk of injury to humans and animals. Antagonized bulls—each weighing as much as 1,700 pounds—barrel down a track after a mass of fleeing runners, many of whom have been drinking alcohol. Predictably, past Great Bull Run events have resulted in serious injuries: in Virginia, two participants were taken to the hospital with concussions; in Georgia, one…
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