Photo: PETA Entering Fight to Stop Pamplona-Style Bull Run in Arizona, Permit Recently Revoked
Arizona has built up it’s reputation as being hard on undocumented immigrants, namely Hispanics, so it’s decision to hold an event like Spain’s running of the bulls seems a rather odd choice.
However, officials in Cave Creek are doing their best to stop those that want to do just that, host a bull run.
Those running the event, which is scheduled for October, have had their permit revoked, though it only relieves the town of liability, as the event is still allowed to occur as long as the event covers the cost of insurance.
Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia said the permit was revoked because the promoter, Phil Immordino, refused to adhere to the terms of the town’s insurance and failed to appear at any of the council’s most recent meetings.
Though he admits a bull run has its risks, Mayor Francia said he was looking forward to having it in his town, but said Immordino’s unwillingness to follow regulations throws up a “red flag.”
Most recently, PETA has gotten involved with trying to stop the event saying it is not just the benefit of the animals they are concerned with. A number of people are injured by bulls each year in Pamplona’s bull run, and this will be no different.
The animal rights organization’s spokeswoman Gemma Vaughn recently sent a letter to the mayor and the council saying, “The bulls will be antagonized to run and could possibly injure participants and bystanders. People could fall into pileups and get trampled or gorged. Bulls are bulls, and the danger cannot be denied.”
The event is scheduled for October 14-15, and Immordino said he would use rodeo bulls rather than Mexican fighting bulls, saying it will make his run safer than that in Pamplona, Spain.