Running of the Bulls to Come Stateside: Town Council Fights Back

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.


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Photo from Charles and Clint via flickr.


M Shiel
M s4 years ago

bull running is NOT a sport nor a tradition It is midevil and ignorant What the hell is wrong with this country? just when i thought we couldn't be any more cruel to animals Anyone who is in favor of this is an embarrassment to the human race Where is your intelligence,compassion,human decency? Cold cruel soul less humans participate in animal cruelty This is what bull running,calf roping and rodeos are

Severine C.
Severine C4 years ago

Sorry sorry, I voted "no" because I read the poll too quickly, I saw "should
Cave Creek HAVE a running of the bulls?". There should be a "change your vote" button... :) Please leave the bull alone!

LMj Sunshine

Sad, thank you,

LMj Sunshine

Sad, thank you,

Michel Michaeljohn

The ‘Running of the Bulls’
Bulls are bred in fields and are not accustomed to the noise of the crowd or being surrounded by people. They are prodded onto the streets with electric shocks and shouts. They run to the open area and are hit by runners with rolled up newspapers. The corners of the bulls’ route are quite sharp, and the animals often lose their footing and slide into walls, breaking bones and injuring themselves. All the bulls who slip and slide on the streets of Pamplona are running towards a bloody and horrific death in the bullring.

It's INCREDIBLY "DISGRACEFUL and DOWNRIGHT STUPID and IDIOTIC" to try to bring and "establish" (no matter how "AMERICANIZED" it may be); "Bull Runs/Bull Running" on American soil.

"Bull Runs" (Bullfights) to are a "senseless, degrading" spectacle that has no place in a "civilized" society.

This is "AMERICA"; we are "CIVILIZED," and we are "BETTER" THAN THIS.

Michel Michaeljohn (An American of Spanish descent).

Michel Michaeljohn

Spanish "Bull Runs" are "part" of the "EVIL; SADISTIC; CRUEL; SLEAZY" (and rightfully so, "DYING-OUT") bullfighting industry; they are classified as "bullfights."

Bullfighting: It's not ART; its not CULTURE; its not SPORT; its "TORTURE" (ask the MAJORITY of the people in the bullfighting countries of Spain; Portugal; France; Mexico; Colombia; Ecuador; Guatemala; Peru and Venezuela KNOW, and are working on, and passing BANS and ABOLITION of bullfights).

Bullfighting: The most "indefensible and abhorrent" type of animal abuse that IS and always WILL BE; a "TRADITION of CRUELTY."

A Tradition of Cruelty
All the bulls that run on the streets of Pamplona during the “Running of the Bulls”, from july 7th to 14th, are killed that same afternoon in a bullfight, in the name of San Fermin and his traditional "Fiesta". Torturing and killing a defenceless animal should not be celebrated as tradition. People have always tried to use tradition to justify horrible things, such as child labour and slavery. But tradition doesn’t make something right. Bullfighting is a cruel blood sport that should have been relegated to the history books a long time ago. No matter what its history is, bullfighting consists of the torture, mutilation and slaughter of animals for entertainment.

The ‘Running of the Bulls’
Bulls are bred in fields and are not accustomed to the noise of the crowd or being surrounded by people. They are prodded onto the streets with electric sh

Connie H.
Connie H.5 years ago

If people are not really paying attention to the wording of your question, they maybe answering no when they actually mean yes. I really don't like it when poll questions are not cut and dry. You should of asked Do you want them to have the Running of the Bulls event. Yes or No.

Beth H.
beth Hall5 years ago

What's wrong with these people? They need to get a life if this is what they think entertainment should be.

bob m.
bob m5 years ago

Make it really "GOREY" ..EH?..
Like....maybe see down the road the bodies of dozens of these blood sport zombies flying up in the air on the sharpened horns of dozens of pissed off tormented bulls.....Ya..I know ..the bulls pay in the end....but I just love the thought of these jerks getting pronged..... really bad.
Most of them haven't the heart or mind of a cow pie.

Sisilie B.
Sisilie B5 years ago

This is such a ridiculous and childish idea...