The North Dumfries township council thought it had the power to approve or reject a rodeo that includes bull taunting. Turns out that was, well, all bull.
Despite concerns raised by councillors, the annual bull-on-a-rope rodeo will go a head as planned at the Portuguese Oriental Sports Club this weekend.
The event, is a key fundraiser for a not-for-profit association, sees participants facing off against a bull in an arena.
Participants do their best to antagonize the animal without touching it, and the bull does its best to chase them down, with a rope tied around its neck allowing handlers to rein it in.
Organizers insist the animals aren’t harmed and are treated humanely.
Councillors were prepared Monday to vote to approve or deny a request to hold the event – until they were told by staff that the township’s approval wasn’t necessary for the event to go on.
Is there something inherently wrong with this event? Do you think it’s cruel to taunt the bulls?