The Great Bull Run has finally been run out of California.
A company offering bull run events modeled after those held in Spain caved to pressure from animal advocates, announcing Tuesday that it would stop holding the events in the state, though bull runs will continue in others. The move follows two lawsuits against the company filed by PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), who allege that the events are cruel to the animals. The groups say that the two dozen bulls, who are shipped around the country from a rodeo company in Kentucky, are mistreated, risking injuries as they are packed into tight groups and urged to chase after fleeing runners.
"The Great Bull Run is a disgrace wherever it occurs. But that will never again be in the state of California," said Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF, in a statement.
The Great Bull Run company held one event in California last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.
"These events are extremely stressful for the bulls," Wells said in a release. "Forcing panicked animals to run like this causes unnecessary risk of injury to bulls and a public safety risk for human participants."