This week the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA filed a lawsuit against the Great Bull Run and the Lone Star Rodeo in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit aims to stop the Great Bull Run events currently scheduled in Northern and Southern California this summer—on June 21 at Temecula Downs Events Center in Riverside County, near Los Angeles, and July 26 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Northern California (a bull run was previously scheduled for Lake Elsinore, Calif. but was not permitted, out of concern for public health and safety). This case is the first lawsuit filed to stop the Great Bull Run, which has received widespread outcry across the United States.
“These events show great disregard for animal welfare in pursuit of a cheap thrill and a profit,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “For the well-being of the bulls, as well as the safety of the public, we are asking the court to stop the Great Bull Run.”
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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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