Cancel the Great Bull Run!

Posted by Jessica Blome, ALDF Staff Attorney on October 17, 2013

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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.

Take Action

Help ALDF stop this outrageous display of animal cruelty! Contact:

  • Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black gary.black@agr.georgia.gov (404)-656-3665
  • City of Conyers Mayor Randal Mills randal.mills@conyersga.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.


32 thoughts on “Cancel the Great Bull Run!

  1. mary cheek says:

    this is discusting…all form of entertainment that risk animals lives should be stopped .. or human lives for that matter.

  2. Linda says:

    This is barbaric and inhumane. Grow up. What’s next a government sponsored dog fight ring??

  3. Elise says:

    Please don’t have a Bull Run in Georgia! We know from the ones in Spain that it results in injuries and/or deaths in humans & bulls. Surely you can entertain yourself in a less violent way. Those bulls don’t even consent to it! Leave them alone!

  4. Judy Flanagan says:

    These bull runs are centuries too old and out of date for compassion for these animals. The bull runs and bull fighting should be outlawed.

  5. I can’t believe the 4th century mindset of such imbeciles. Let’s put a stop to this cruel, stupid, inhumane activity at once. You can certainly publish this if you want. I’m not afraid to stand up against these bullies. (no pun intended)

  6. Marius Karoy says:

    Please don’t have a Bull Run in Georgia! We know from the ones in Spain that it results in injuries and/or deaths in humans & bulls. Surely you can entertain yourself in a less violent way. Those bulls don’t even consent to it! Leave them alone this is disgusting… all form of entertainment that risk animals lives should be stopped

  7. Sarah Curington says:

    Please cancel the bull run. This is not the type of sport Georgia wants to be associated with. It will only tarnish the image of this state, not to mention the cruelty to the animals.

  8. Susan Davis says:

    America is going backwards if we allow this, this barbaric behavior belongs in the stone age. Spain is finally taking steps to ban all of this cruelty, why should America lower itself by ignoring International objections to animal cruelty?!

  9. Sharon Lawrence says:

    If these people get injured doing this stupidity, it’s going to be other insurance policy holders (or the taxpayers) who pick up the tab for their medical treatment and disability payments. For that reason alone, every person with a brain should be opposed, opposed to this nonsense!

  10. Lynette MacLagan says:

    Another stupid human idea! Stop the mistreatment of animals for human pleasure.

  11. Christine says:

    Cruel to the animals, unsafe for humans, undoubtedly destructive to property (and who will deal with the aftermath of that?). What are the positives about this event?

  12. Michelle Gorton says:

    This needs to be canceled!

  13. J Evans says:

    Animal cruelty on any level to any animal is abhorrent and more needs to be done for the silent voices that cannot speak for themselves. As human beings we need to make a stand!!!!

  14. Marjorie Hass says:

    This is cruel and needs to be stopped.

  15. Sandy Strunk says:

    Thank you for your valiant efforts!

  16. Alejandra says:

    hate it!!

  17. ilonka goode says:

    stop the gruelty to animals or maybe do this to your self

  18. guadalupe zamorano says:

    Animal cruelty is not fun.

  19. ANA SOTO says:

    animal´s life is must to be respected and must be valued for all humans.. its not fun, not culture, is just cruelty act!!

  20. Simbo says:

    In Spain we are fighting to end any abuse with animals, its painfull to see that so many other countries are also permiting such behaviors tha improve
    VIOLENCE, where has humanity gone ?

  21. Mike Popowski says:

    Dears Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and
    City of Conyers Mayor Randal Mills
    Please exercise your authority to protect animal welfare and human health by canceling the Great Bull Run

  22. Elena Aguirre says:

    Please cancel the Great Bull Run in all the states that it will take
    Thanks

  23. dario says:

    por favor

  24. Karen McCauley says:

    Please cancel this event. This is not the kind of publicity your state wants.

  25. ALEX JULIAN GONZALEZ GUERRERO says:

    NO MAS

  26. camila says:

    as hate people who do this kind of things sincerely hope the day comes when man ceases to feel superior and realize that you must respect the rights of animals

  27. Mike Perkins says:

    Why do you want to copy these pathetic activities? Here in Spain we’re fighting it and you want to add it. It’s not art or culture, it’s just macho shit and money

  28. Carolyn Denton says:

    It’s long past time to stop this horrible cruelty. Please stand up for animals and stop inhumane treatment. How can any decent human being find pleasure in this. It is disgraceful.

  29. alejandra navarrete says:

    It´s so sad what humans do to the earth and to every living being all over the world.
    We need to stop this sick and abusive acts to animals.
    Just remeber that every action has a reaction.

  30. Jamie K says:

    Someone has to take a stand and defend the helpless! Please do the right thing and stop animal abuse!

  31. jose says:

    Stop please

  32. Lin L. says:

    We have worked for years to try and get Spain to stop having these… only to have them taking place in North America? Are we not better than this and can’t we find ways to entertain ourselves that don’t involve a living creature that can’t consent. Adrenaline junkies who would participate.. go get your thrill in something that doesn’t involve an animal, something where you risk only yourself.