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“We are pretty horrified by it,” Augusta said. “People don’t know how cruel it is,” she said, citing starvation and provocation as some of the tactics used in Spain to get the bulls to run.
“It’s really important in any situation when talking about animals to put yourself in their perspective,” Augusta said. “Think about whether they think it’s fun. … The world has been asking and pleading Spain to stop this horrific act. Why would we bring this to America? It’s outdated and barbaric.”
Organizers of the Great Bull Run say the bulls meet the USDA’s federal standards for care and are handled by the Lone Star Rodeo staff.
“[The bulls’] only job is to do this once per month,” Dickens said. Otherwise, they eat grass at Lone Star’s ranch in Kentucky, he said.
Sarah Barchus is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.
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