On January 25, idiots will descend upon Baytown's Royal Purple Raceway to run with a bunch of bulls for some reason -- we're not really sure why, exactly -- and the University of Houston Law Center's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to be there protesting.
Although the Great Bull Run, LLC's organizers say the animals are not mistreated, SALDF President Alexis Braun -- like the Humane Society of the U.S. -- feels otherwise.
"Knowingly causing an animal to feel fear for our own amusement and entertainment is animal cruelty," Braun tells us in an email.
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"Furthermore, the event serves no legitimate or redeeming social purpose. I see this event as further proof of Americans' ambivalence about animals -- hundreds, maybe thousands, of Houstonians will run with terrified bulls on Saturday and return to their homes and pets whom they love as family members."
The ironic thing is, in claiming how the event is not cruel, the Great Bull Run, LLC's website makes it sound, well, kinda lame: the bulls "have been trained to run the course without physical contact and to be accustomed to large crowds of humans, thereby eliminating any stress or fear on their part." (The site also states that "we've taken numerous measures to ensure our bulls remain safe and healthy at all times.")
However, the document participants are required to sign, absolving the company of liability in the event of injury or death, suggests otherwise. So which is it? Are the bulls so well-trained that this Pamplona Lite dickery is about as risky as a roller-coaster; or will it really boost your bona fides as a real-life daredevil?
Either way, we're with the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and HSUS on this. There's really gotta be a better way to spend a Saturday -- both for human and bull.