Cancel the Great Bull Run!Posted by Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney on October 17, 2013
Late Friday, the Great Bull Run Company submitted a rushed application for a state livestock exhibitor license to the Georgia Department of Agriculture for the “running of the bulls” events scheduled for this Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia. Despite clear legal requirements that the company obtain this license 21 days prior to any livestock exhibition, the Georgia Department of Agriculture rushed through a state holiday to issue the license by Tuesday. The Company has yet to obtain a federal license, so the Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue pushing state and federal officials to cancel these events in the months to come. You can help by contacting Conyers, Georgia Mayor Randal Mills and explaining why this dangerous, cruel event must be stopped.
On October 19, the Great Bull Run Company will host a “running of the bulls” event at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia. ALDF has called on the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the City of Conyers to cancel this inhumane, dangerous event.
The Great Bull Run is a thrill seeking competition primarily geared toward what the Great Bull Run website refers to as “adrenaline junkies.” Although the Great Bull Run claims that the participating bulls will not be killed or mistreated, the event will be inherently stressful to bulls that are forced to run in hazardously close proximity to other bulls and thousands of humans in a narrow enclosure. Unlike human participants, the bulls cannot choose to sit out the Great Bull Run.
Under the Animal Welfare Act the Great Bull Run is required to obtain a United States Department of Agriculture license to ensure the safety of both humans and animals. But the Great Bull Run has no such license. Georgia law requires the Great Bull Run to prove its bulls meet interstate veterinary care, vaccination, and general health requirements as a livestock exhibitor. We haven’t seen evidence that the Great Bull Run meets those requirements.
Help ALDF stop this outrageous display of animal cruelty! Contact:
- Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black firstname.lastname@example.org (404)-656-3665
- City of Conyers Mayor Randal Mills email@example.com (770)-483-4411
Ask these government officials to exercise their authority to protect animal welfare and human health by canceling the Great Bull Run.