Target: Event creator at The Great Bull Run, LLC, Rob Dickens
Goal: Stop plans for dangerous and potentially harmful Bull Run in Florida
An event scheduled to take place in February of 2014 in Dade City, Florida, as well as nine other cities in Pasco County, aims to mimic the famous bull run of Pamplona, Spain. Much like the Spanish tradition, Dade City’s bull run will present serious dangers to human participants, spectators, and the bulls themselves. The event has drawn the attention of animal rights organizations like PETA that have attempted to bring attention to the event and prevent the bull run from taking place.
Executive vice president of PETA Tracy Reiman has described the proposed Bull Run as “inherently reckless,” both for the bulls and human participants. She notes that bulls are often harassed relentlessly prior to being released in order to ensure that the animals will run, stating that “the bulls will bolt out of the pen in panic when the starting gates open, running out of confusion and terror.” It is not unusual for bulls to fall, collide with barriers or other bulls, or seriously injure themselves during bull runs. And unlike human participants, who must be 18 years or older and sign a release form to take part in the bull run, the bulls are unable to willingly choose to participate in the event.
Not only are bull runs dangerous for the animals forced to take part, but they pose serious threats to humans as well. Although runners will be willingly participating and have been warned of the dangers involved in taking part in this event, spectators and bystanders (who are not required to be over the legal age of 18) are also at risk, as bulls can sometimes crash into barriers and potentially harm onlookers.
Unlike its Spanish counterpart, the Great Bull Run of Dade City is not a cultural tradition and has no inherent societal value in the United States. Despite reassurances from event organizers, the safety of both the human and animal participants cannot be guaranteed. Demand that this needless and dangerous event be cancelled.
Dear Rob Dickens,
The Great Bull Run, scheduled to take place in Dade City, Florida, as well as nine other cities in the area, is inherently dangerous both for the human and animal participants. Bull runs have been known to cause serious injury and even death, both to those who choose to run and the animals themselves.
Unlike human participants, the bulls are not able to choose whether or not they wish to take part in this event. Instead, they are forced to run and are often agitated, panicky and unpredictable. As a result, the bulls can collide with barriers, other bulls or human spectators, resulting in potential injuries both for the bulls and human bystanders.
The Florida Bull Run has no inherent cultural value, and therefore, to treat these live animals as spectacles for human entertainment is disturbing and wrong. I strongly urge you to cancel this event and therefore prevent potential injuries or death.
[Your Name Here]
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