POLL: Should the permits for the Florida bull run be stopped?

POLL: Should the permits for the Florida bull run be stopped?

The Sunshine State is considering a new way to make headlines that are even more embarrassing than harassing children with lemonade stands. An event in Dade City, would actually allow people to pretend they’re in Spain running with bulls.

Rob Dickens is the C.O.O. and organizer of The Great Run, LLC, a Boston-based company. The event is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014, at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, Fla., providing all the necessary permits are granted.

Participants run in front of Valdefresno’s bulls during the third run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain. (Pedro Armestre/Getty images)


Animal rights group PETA is urging Little Everglades Ranch General Manager, Katie Carris to refuse to host the event. And a Facebook page called “Halt The Great Run” is already attracting traffic.

Critics of the Great Run claim the event has the potential to injure or kill animals and people. At the event, two sets of bulls will be frightened (they won’t do it willingly) into running with anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to pay between $40 and $85.

The Great Run website brags, “There have been only fifteen deaths in the Pamplona running of the bulls in the past 102 years!”

Great for business or sheer stupidity?

That is the question Pasco County officials will have to ask when considering whether to issue permits for the Dade City, running event. There are additional factors for officials to consider:

If permits to serve alcohol are granted, the event could end up being “drunks being run over by bulls.” Now add ’s liberal gun laws and consider the number of intoxicated thrill seekers this type of event would attract, and this could turn out to be the greatest deliberately approved tragedy in Florida history.

If Pasco County is genuinely interested in attracting businesses for family oriented events, sanctioning one that has the potential to kill its patrons might not be the best way to achieve that goal.

We invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST the issuing of the permits for the run. Please vote and also leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

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The editorial content of this article was written by Maryann Tobin for Examiner.com

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