Call­ing bull­shit

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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.

—Ty Savoy,

Lake Echo

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