"May we be guided by our compassionate hearts rather than our cultural habits." Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
IMPORTANT RESOURCES AND WEBSITES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RODEO ABUSE
Rodeos: Inherent Cruelty to Animals
January 15, 2015
by Peggy W. Larson, DVM, MS, JD
During the course of my lifetime, I have been a farmer, a bareback rodeo bronc rider, a large animal veterinarian, a medical researcher, a meat inspector, a state veterinarian, and a prosecutor. I have also worked as a media consultant on animal welfare issues including rodeo and PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) horses. Based upon my extensive large animal experience, I have concluded that rodeo events are inherently cruel.
Countless animals have paid with their lives to satisfy humans’ desire to play cowboy in events such as calf roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, and bronc riding
Locations with Prohibitions or Restrictions on Rodeos or Rodeo Events
Some towns, cities, states, and countries have realized that rodeos belong to the Dark Ages, and have made moves to eliminate or restrict this cruel, needless excuse for entertainment.
Forget the myth of rodeos as all-American sport. Modern rodeos are cruel and deadly for animals. Traditional ranch work has been perverted into a spectacle of animal abuse disguised as "western tradition." Today's rodeos bear little resemblance to ranch work where care was taken to not injure animals.
LAWS & LEGISLATION
California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 596.7
Salinas Rodeo Hides Animal Injuries in Violation of California Law