No doubt there are some events that form part of a rodeo that do not place any of the animals used in a harmful or cruel situation. Reining and cutting show the talents of both rider and horse. Sadly though, these events and a few others are well overshadowed by the abuse the animals receive in other events mentioned here.
One final question about the abusive nature of today’s rodeo. What kind of human being would create a “sport” called calf roping? They have since changed the name of the “sport” to tie down roping, but let’s call it what it is, CALF ROPING. This is where a two to three month old calf, already terrified, is made to run as fast as possible in the rodeo arena and is then chased by a cowboy on his horse. With a rope, which is secured to his saddle, this brave cowboy ropes the calf around the neck bringing it to a sudden and life threatening stop. They call this clothes-lining! He then get’s off his horse runs over to the calf and lift’s it up and body slams it to the ground to deliberately wind the poor calf even more than it already is, so that he can then tie the calf’s legs together without difficulty. As you can imagine, many calves suffer broken necks, backs and legs during this unbelievable act of abuse and cruelty. Look at the pictures below and you answer the question.
This is called a sport or just part of the “western way” of life in 21st century America. Oh really. Looks very much like animal abuse and cruelty, just like horse tripping, bucking etc, etc.
Photographs courtesy of SHARK investigations.
Please help us stop the abuse of these precious animals. We would ask that you do not attend a rodeo, ever, or watch the annual rodeo finals which are being shown live from Las Vegas by CBS Sports from December 7th through the 16th. Let us together send a message to the rodeo associations that this ongoing animal abuse must stop.
If you can, please support our rescue work and help us save other horses like Savannah, Robin, Snickers and Francis who were rescued from the living hell of the rodeo. We can, and do make a difference.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to SHARK (Showing Animals Respect & Kindness) for their dedication to help stop the abuse of many animals. We also wish to extend our sincere appreciation for their kind assistance in the creation of this webpage.
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Please also visit animalsangels.org. A great organization doing wonderful things to help many animals, as SHARK do. Thank you, Sonja and your investigators for being there for them
“I cannot think of another example where one animal has sacrificed so much for the selfish gain of another. The former being a horse and the latter being a human.”