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Rodeos are dangerous for animals and humans

Rodeos are dangerous for animals and humans

Animals simply do not belong in entertainment. Rodeos and other animal acts are not only cruel to animals, they are dangerous for the human participants and onlookers. This past Sunday, a 12-year-old boy died after a bull stomped on him during the Little Britches Rodeo in Longmont, Colorado. Richard Wayde Hamar was riding a bull when he fell to the ground. The bull continued to flail and crushed the boy’s body. He later died at the hospital. The boy’s death is tragic, but should we really be surprised?

It takes a lot of abuse to get a bull so riled up that he jumps, kicks, and flails. Bulls live a life of constant stress and abuse. They are beaten, starved, and confined in tight pens. Rodeo riders often prod the bull’s testicles with electric shock sticks before mounting them. While the riders make a voluntary decision to risk their safety by participating in a rodeo, the animals have no such choice.

Dr. C.G. Haber is a veterinarian who saw many animals discarded from rodeos and sold for slaughter. He described seeing animals “with 6-8 ribs broken from the spine, and at times puncturing the lungs.” He saw animals with “as much as 2-3 gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin” from bruising.

What kind of lessons are kids like Richard learning from the rodeo? Rodeos are nothing but macho displays of human domination over animals. Kids are being taught that is it acceptable to abuse animals for fun.

Rodeos are already outlawed in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Many other European countries have strong restrictions on them. There are some jurisdictions in the United States where animal acts are banned, but not many. Some city governments in my home state of Massachusetts have created legislation that makes using animals in entertainment illegal. I can only hope that this tragic events leads to stricter legislation that protects the animals abused and held captive and the riders who are injured in rodeos.

What do you think? Is there any reason why rodeos should stick around?

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3:11PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

I grew up around rodeo and sadly admit I never gave the cruelty involved much thought - it just was what we did on the weekend. Now that I have grown a brain, I oppose it strongly. In fact, I will be at the parade in Houston leafletting on Saturday a.m., and then at the BBQ cookoff in Houston Saturday protesting. Put your $ where your mouth is. Join me.

6:15AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

(conti..)All animals - develop friendships with love and understand can be wonderful but depends on animals (develop friendship with possum by feeding is lovely but not good idea because they become depends on us, so best do nothing and they should be stay as 'free')
That's what PETA and HSUS are fighting for.
I don't appreciate that they are being called 'extremists'. They are rightful legal organisations and got very highly professional members, staff, lobbyists - all legal actions.
Now I want to say "BAN RODEOS AND OTHERS LIKE CALF ROPING, ETC EVERYWHERE ON THIS PLANET!"

6:12AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

"Do you want PETA and HSUS to make laws that you can't have any animals living in your home because they all have to be free?"
That's full of rubbish..they would never do that....you would need to study each animals' requests different needs that PETA and HSUS fights for.....examples;
Exotic animals should stay in their homeland and be 'free'.
Domestic animals such as dog, cat, horse, sheep, etc are different.
Domestic animals like dogs & cats be free inside home, not in cage inside home. If they have to live outside home, there should be bed kennel bowl of water & food toys provided and be 'free' inside the property.
Dogs or cats with long hairs has to be with owners in their homes and be 'free' inside home but it is important to take the dogs for walk as exercises, especially groom everyday!
No dogs should be chained unless necessary, depends on the situation, and only for short time.
You are allowed to have many pets as you like as long as there are some spaces for them at home and taking care of them in health conditions, there would be no problems. You probably would need to get approval permission to have more pets.
No horses should be in small paddock, they should be in large paddock that depends of number of horses and the measure of the paddocks
Sheep cannot live themselves, they has to be cared by people as their wools need to be sheared regularly. They really cannot be 'free'.
All animals - develop friendships with love and understand can be won

6:09AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

10:50AM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

A lot of people don't understand that rodeo was NOT created for entertainment purposes. I am a very active rodeo participant, so out of anyone discussing this issue, I should know a little more about it. Rodeo was created to help the animals, for example, giving immunizations, branding (which is extremely helpful to animals), issisting in birthing, and breaking horses (training them for riding). I am the first to admit that it can sometimes be dangerous, but the activities are needed for the livestock and ranchers. I barrel race, and let me tell everyone that I love my horse more than ANYTHING. I have a unique relationship with him, and we love and trust eachother. When we rodeo, it's a partnership and a team effort. I cannot make him do anything, for he is a 2000 pound animal. Please understand the other side of the story; rodeo may seem cruel, but without it, ranchers would not be able to perform needed husbandry behaviors. You should take a closer look at why we really have rodeo, and the reason is NOT solely for entertainment.

3:54PM PST on Nov 6, 2009

What I dont get is why you folks nee to put down a little boy who for one was doing what he love to do and for two what world did you come from rodeo is what got this country going like it or not how do you think we had horses back in the old west or took care of cattle in pasture when they were sick it was ranchers that made this country and its you folks who ruin it with your hollier than thou bs I was the First bullfighter to him when he dided and I invite you to attend our memorial for him and you will see what the rodeo family does for each other Boulder county fair grounds Nov 13th it starts at 5

3:32AM PDT on Jul 15, 2009

I totally agree I think there dangerous for both and need to be stopped.

12:13PM PDT on Jul 14, 2009

Kathy C,

PETA Kills is not a PETA web site. It's a web site started by a group who also opposes MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Show us PROOF that HSUS and PETA want to take all of our companion animals away. Show us PROOF that PETA or HSUS has published what you claim (links, documents, blog statements).

12:01AM PDT on Jul 14, 2009

rodeos should be banned. the animals suffer and get sold to be slaughtered not experiencing any love and care before they die. i wonder what humans get so amused by watching these kinds of things.

9:51AM PDT on Jul 13, 2009

Kristi you can google HSUS fraud and gets tons of pages and sites that describe HSUS's real agendas. Also google Peta kills and you'll get the same thing. Unpopular Vegan Essays has info on these groups as well.

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