Thank you the Coast for running your article on efforts here in this wonderful city to stop events in the name of entertainment, which feature animal exploitation and abuse (“Bullriding event draws animal welfare protest,” City story by Sam Gillett, April 5).
Bulls don’t buck for fun. They do it because they’re shocked by 5,000-volt pocket-sized tazers. They do it because they have tightly cinched straps around their abdomens, and they buck because grown men and women twist their tails. All to cause pain. All to put on an “entertaining” show.
I’ve seen a shift for the good towards more and more people placing nonhuman animals inside the circle of human compassion and empathy. Bull riding events, like circuses with exotic animals and pig scramble events—now both gone from NS—are anachronisms. In light of today’s knowledge of nonhuman animal sentience, they should rightly be banned from our fair city and province. Nonhuman animals suffer, they feel pain like we do.
The petition to stop the Halifax event of Pro- fessional Bull Riders Canada’s Elite Monster Energy Tour, scheduled for May 26 at the Scotiabank Centre, already has more than 71,000 signatures. I encourage you to add yours at bit.ly/2q8L2ea. There will also be a “Stop Cruel Bull Riding Events in Halifax” protest: bit.ly/2GHV2pW.
There aren’t many issues that get as much attention as animal abuse. I do hope city council sees from all this interest in this issue, that Halifax is better than this. We are a modern city, in a place where tourism is so important, that has to be aware of its reputation world wide—and this reputation is tarnished when we endorse such animal abuse.