Running of the bulls in Virginia
The Great Bull Run is nakedly a for-profit event. To merely spectate cost $10, while running alongside the bovine herd cost anywhere between $45 and $75. Those enchanted by the experience could run again for $25.
DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) -- A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle is making its U.S. debut.
The Great Bull Run held its first of several events Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Virginia.
Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.
The event is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Some have criticized the treatment of bulls in the runs.
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says he's attending the Virginia event to ensure there's no mistreatment.
Organizers have said they're partnering with ranches who supply the bulls and veterinarians to monitor their health.
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Later events are planned for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.