Arundel bar owner ending bull riding

May 24, 2001|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

Bowing to pressure from a national animals rights organization, the owner of an Anne Arundel County bar said last night he is ending its rodeo-style bull riding in favor of tropical ambiance.

"I hate to give in," said Cancun Cantina owner Tony Toskov, "but its in my best interest to call it quits for the summer. Besides, I just planted 150 palm trees where the bull riding was and I'm not prepared to dig them up."

Toskov announced his decision a day after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stepped up its campaign against the return of bull riding at his Hanover nightclub.

The Norfolk, Va.-based organization issued an action alert on its Web site Tuesday calling on the public to write letters to Toskov protesting "such ridiculous and cruel displays of dominance."

"We're delighted. We felt sure that it would only be a matter of time before he realized that it made good business sense not to exploit animals," said Amy Rhodes, the PETA animal cruelty caseworker who posted the alert. But should Toskov decide to revive bull riding, Rhodes added, "We'll be right there."

Nearly two weeks ago, Toskov had said he would resume the spring-to-fall competition in the outdoor sand pit behind his bar.

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