Target: Brian Pierce, Virginia Motorsports Park General Manager
Goal: Cancel Virginia Motorsports Park’s annual bull run
The greater Richmond area has been facing criticism for the continuation of its annual bull run. The Richmond Friends of Animals has been petitioning for the event to be cancelled, and many locals are supporting the animal rights organization’s plan. During the bull run, bulls are shipped to the Virginia Motorsports Park, where they are then let loose and made to run around with other bulls.
The Richmond Friends of Animals has cited many reasons why the bull run is inhumane and should be discontinued; including the fact that the practice only enforces the idea that animals are simply objects that can be used for human entertainment, and the fact that the animals will face discomfort and stress throughout all parts of the event. The animals will be forced into confinement while they are transported to the park, and they will then be suddenly placed in a foreign place with unfamiliar sounds, smells, and people. This will only cause fear in the bulls, which will then fuel the frenzy that ensues during the bull run. The fear and chaos is dangerous, and the bulls risk being hurt by other frightened bulls, or from the obstacles around the arena.
The fact that animals are exposed to this level of danger and discomfort simply to provide entertainment for humans is cruel and unacceptable. It is an outdated idea that animals are simply objects for entertainment, and this is a mindset that will only end when events like the Virginia bull run cease. Call for the cancellation of this event, and the end of objectifying animals for entertainment.
Dear General Manager Pierce,
Using animals for entertainment is unacceptable when the animals are exposed to stress, discomfort, or physical harm. Practices that involve these negative emotions or physical dangers have been criticized recently, and many of them have been shut down due in large part to the efforts of animal rights organizations.
The bull run that takes place at Virginia Motorsports Park has been recently criticized by the Richmond Friends of Animals, and their efforts have been bringing national attention to the issue. The organization rightly states that the practice is stressful and dangerous for the animals, and is explicitly inhumane. Their other compelling argument is that the event furthers a dangerous mindset: that animals are objects to be used for human entertainment, no matter the cost. This is harmful for animals and humans alike, and there is no place for such an idea and its ensuing practices in modern society.
The bull run must be cancelled, in order to protect animals and to stop the growth of an outdated and dangerous mindset. Today, events like this one are being cancelled and banned all over the world, and this means that the world is becoming a safer place for both animals and humans. By cancelling this event, Richmond will be furthering the peace that has been growing throughout the world, and providing a positive example for generations to come.
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