Oct 272013

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 Bull 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.

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 Bull Run” is already attracting traffic.

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

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

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, bull 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 Florida’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.

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

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Mark Mireaux

Without a doubt, one of the most mind numbingly STUPID "traditions" (?!) and activities EVER conceived! Whenever I hear or see on the news that a bull run was held somewhere, and one or more people got seriously injured, I'm sorry to have to say this but the first word that comes to mind is, "GOOD!", because let's face it-no one held a gun to the heads of these morons and forced them to take part in this-plain and simple!

Michael Shapiro


Jim Jam

Let's see if he can run like the Dickens.

Wai Ling  Liu

must be stop this bloody sports games thanks

Cherie Baines

The bulls are terrified and always get injured in this ridiculous, idiotic, display of violence! How can we possibly allow this barbarism in Florida?

Jim Jam

But I thin they should hold the bull run, with one person in it: Rob Dickens.

Iain Gibson

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at something like this in USA, where violent and aggressive individuals are admired for their strength and machismo, and even regarded as national heroes in certain circumstances. I'm generally libertarian in philosophy, but not where animal cruelty or any threat to human happiness is involved. This is like a return to the Dark Ages, and it's incredible that any government is allowing it to happen in the 21st Century. Is there no Health and Safety legislation in Florida? I can't imagine such a dangerous and cruel activity being permitted in any properly civilised country.

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