The Great Bull Run has its inaugural run next month in Richmond, Virginia and will hit other cities before coming to the Chicago suburb of Stickney on July 12 of 2014. The cost is $35 and includes a rotten tomato fight, another Pamplona tradition.
The website adds however that, “this is the real deal” and that participants “accept the risk that you might be trampled, gored, rammed or tossed in the air by a bull.” Participants must pay an insurance fee and there will be a medical staff on site.
Animal rights advocates have called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate whether the organizers are properly licensed. “These events are a shameful example of cruelty for the sake of nothing more than entertainment and profit,” said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of The Humane Society of the United States’ End Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign.