Victory: Dangerous and Cruel Bull Run Vows Never to Return to California

Posted on March 10, 2015

‘The Great Bull Run’ Settles Animal-Protection Groups’ Lawsuit Alleging Violation of California Laws

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Megan Backus, ALDF
David Pearle, PETA

bull-run-article-image-230pxSAN FRANCISCO — As the result of a lawsuit filed by national nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and PETA, the Pamplona-style Great Bull Run agreed today never to return to the state of California. The lawsuit, which was filed under California’s Unfair Competition Law, alleged that the events—in which panicked bulls chase fleeing runners—violate the state’s cruelty-to-animals law that prohibits causing bulls unnecessary suffering, worrying bulls, and staging bloodless bullfights or similar exhibitions. The settlement means that last year’s Great Bull Run in Alameda (after which one runner was hospitalized with a concussion and bruises) will have been the only one ever to be held in California.

“The Great Bull Run is as dangerous as it is senselessly cruel,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “PETA and ALDF’s victory means that bulls will be spared a stressful cross-country trip from Kentucky to California, where they’ll never again be terrorized for ‘fun.'”

“These events are extremely stressful for the bulls,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Forcing panicked animals to run like this causes unnecessary risk of injury to bulls and a public safety risk for human participants.”

During the Great Bull Run events, organizers send as many as three dozen panicked bulls barreling down a narrow track at up to 35 miles per hour, chasing participants—many of whom have been drinking alcohol. Organizers attempted to hold events in Los Angeles, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula last year, but local officials refused to issue the requisite permits out of concern for public health and safety.

The ALDF and PETA were represented by in-house counsel as well as Corey Evans of the law firm Evans & Page.

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17 thoughts on “Victory: Dangerous and Cruel Bull Run Vows Never to Return to California

  1. Jeannie Taylor says:

    I am the bull run has stopped in California. Need to do that everywhere.

  2. Helena Frangogiannis says:

    Well done!!! Bull runs, bullfights and the likes must end everywhere!!

  3. Rhonda Pendleton says:

    Thank God! This was always such a silly show of men trying to be more macho than the bull.

    1. Yet many women find others who are kind to animals very sexy, and at the very least, animal cruelty, even “just” watching, is a turn-off. It also is a predictor for future and/or current behavior towards HUMANs. Want to run? Run from anyone who does anything like this and save yourself a lot of grief, maybe even your own life. From, an Animal Law Attorney from New York’s Long Island

  4. Lisa Lammon says:

    Is there not any animals law for theeeese animals.. please help

  5. Loretta Morris says:

    Well I am so glad to here this. Now if we can get everybody on board in most of our States that will be great

  6. Jenny Toland says:

    Stop this please..cruel.

  7. Steve Cooper says:

    Thank you ALDF. And thanks for the email notice of pending AgGag legislation in Washington state. My legislator’s representative called today to inform me the bill didn’t make it out of committee.

  8. Valeria says:

    No bull run

  9. Janet in Cambridge MA says:

    Well done!

  10. carol says:

    Ban this barbaric torture!

  11. Trees Rosenbrand says:


    1. Trees-you are so right! This is cruelty, and I don’t care if they claim there is “only” a bloodless fight, the entire process of captive animals, besides our spoiled furbabies (known under animal abuse law in NY as “Companion Animals”) for whatever reason is cruel, from birth to death.

  12. Lynda howarth says:

    done understand why it started but I know it should be stopped through out the U.S. and the rest of the world

    1. Linda,

      Great point! I never even thought of how the heck it started. Like you, I know it has to be stopped, world-wide. Ditto with rodeos, roadside “zoos”, zoos, aquatic “parks”, circuses, animal testing, production of meat,… and so many other “events”.

  13. Talkemalov says:

    must stop

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