The Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Cave Creek has begun to mull a surprising new idea: a running of the bulls through the middle of town. Who could say “no” to the possibility of the brutal, dangerous and deadly event, similar to the annual festival held in Pamplona, Spain? Well, just about everyone… except for the mayor of Cave Creek.
The Arizona Republic quotes Mayor Vincent Francia as saying, “The bull run was on my list of wishes for the town. It would be nice to be a part of because it is so Cave Creek.” The event’s prospective promoter, Phil Immordino, adds that the event will be safer (for people at least) than its Spanish counterpart because it will be held in an arena and the bulls will be rodeo bulls instead of Mexican fighting bulls. In case you were curious, here is a picture of the “safe” rodeo bull.
Already, PETA has sent out a call to the mayor and city officials asking them to fight the event, a call that the city officials seem to have heeded. They have stalled the event for now on procedural grounds, refusing to foot part of the astronomically high insurance bills. This does not mean, though, that the event will not go on. If Immordino can come up with another 33% of the insurance costs, he – and the mayor — seem determined to let this horrifying event happen. Tellingly, Immordino still has the the weekend of October 14-15 booked.
This really is the worst idea ever. Just a month ago in Pamplona, “only” 41 people were brutally maimed, gored or otherwise injured during the running. And this says nothing of all of the bulls — who, after being taunted and agitated into running, are killed in retrograde and gory bullfights at the end of the day.
Staging a similar event to Arizona would only become a huge liability to the town — and a disaster for the people who choose to participate and the bulls who are forced to. Hopefully the city council’s actions today will be enough to stop the event as planned.
Photo from Charles and Clint via flickr.