A video from the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo in southeastern Oregon taken in May is making its way around the web and has infuriated animal advocates and reignited a push for legislation banning horse tripping in the state.
The clips, taken by Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), show graphic footage of horses being roped around their necks and legs, before they go violently crashing to the ground. In one gut-wrenching scene, a bucking horse is shown wildly swinging a broken leg that’s being held on by nothing but skin as he continues to try to escape his tormenters, another one miraculously escapes a broken neck in a fall.
Rodeo supporters call injuries and deaths freak accidents. They say they care for their animals. They say they don’t mean to hurt them. They continue to fight for their right to blatantly provoke and abuse sentient creatures for nothing more than entertainment …to prove their skills by dominating non-human animals who have no choice and no protection from their hideous onslaught.
They argue that rodeo events are a way to show our heritage and culture.
Animal advocates disagree.
“Truly horrific and outrageously cruel,” said Scott Beckstead of Sutherlin, Senior Director of the HSUS in Oregon. “The harder they fell, the louder people cheered.”
Last year, a bill that would have made horse tripping a Class B misdemeanor with a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail died after rodeo advocates put pressure on legislators, arguing that it could eventually lead to a ban on calf and steer roping, or impact other ranch activities.
According to Beckstead, who introduced the bill, it also suffered “in part because people were saying this doesn’t happen in Oregon anymore.”
Clearly it does and animal advocates rightfully want to see Oregon join other states that have stood up for the humane treatment of animals by banning horse tripping.
Please sign and share the petition asking the Oregon legislature to reintroduce and support legislation that would ban horse tripping.
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