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Urge Royal Purple Raceway to Drop Great Bull Run

November 19, 2013
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PETA

PETA

BACKGROUND

Despite receiving information from PETA about the inherent cruelty of The Great Bull Run, Royal Purple Raceway refuses to consider humane alternatives to its planned events, in which live bulls will be forced to participate in bull runs inspired by Pamplona’s dangerous Running of the Bulls.

There is no way to ensure 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.

Every year, many humans are injured—including being trampled or even gored and killed—during Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. In 2009, a participant died after a bull’s horn penetrated his neck and lung. Two people were hospitalized following a Great Bull Run event at Virginia Motorsports Park in August 2013. The inherent recklessness of these events can’t be denied. Although the human participants are warned of the very real danger, the bulls are not able to opt out. Because it’s cruel to animals and dangerous for humans, The Great Bull Run has been condemned by caring people nationwide.

There are countless fun, adrenaline-packed events that the venue could hold that would not put animals at risk. New Orleans, for instance, holds an annual event in which The Big Easy Rollergirls roller derby team chases participants through the French Quarter. Another option would be to replace the live bulls with humans in bull costumes for a fun, family-friendly event that doesn’t put animals in harm’s way.

Please contact Royal Purple Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Seth Angel and politely ask him to drop this cruel, dangerous event.

WHOM TO CONTACT

Please send polite comments to:

Seth Angel
Executive Vice President and General Manager Royal Purple Raceway
281-383-7223
seth@royalpurpleraceway.com

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Executive Vice President and General Manager Angel.

Please cancel the Running of the Bulls event in which live bulls will be forced to participate in a bull run. Allow me to elaborate on how dangerous and cruel this event is.

After having been loaded onto trucks, potentially driven hundreds or thousands of miles, and herded into an arena filled with hundreds of screaming people, bulls used for running events will bolt out of the pen in panic when the starting gate opens.

When running out of the pen, the animals risk crashing into barriers, falling and breaking their legs, or colliding with and injuring each other.

It is furthermore dangerous for humans; in a recent event, 23 people were injured, including goring injuries. Would there be liability issues?

Please drop this cruel, dangerous event and instead consider humane alternatives. New Orleans, for instance, holds an annual event in which The Big Easy Rollergirls roller derby team chases participants through the French Quarter. Another option would be to replace the live bulls with humans in bull costumes for a fun, family-friendly event that doesn’t put animals in harm’s way.

Thank you for considering this urgent appeal.

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dear raceway,
this event that you humans
call the bull run,
is an exercise in terror
and not much fun.
we get injured
and so will you.
so cancel this
nonsense…
it is the right thing
to do.

signed,
we bulls do not run!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


8 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 19, 2013 1:02 pm

    dear raceway,
    this event that you humans
    call the bull run,
    is an exercise in terror
    and not much fun.
    we get injured
    and so will you.
    so cancel this
    nonsense…
    it is the right thing
    to do.

    signed,
    we bulls do not run!

    Like

  2. November 19, 2013 2:20 pm

    Reblogga detta på Vegan Lynx.

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  3. November 19, 2013 4:53 pm

    Events like these should have been stopped a long time ago.

    Like

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