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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William C
William C8 months ago


W. C
W. C8 months ago

Thank you for caring.

Christine Stewart

Taylor M- you are shockingly naive. Branding is of no benefit to the animals- it just is a painful way to identify an animal's owner. Rodeos may showcase animal handling techniques that have been used for centuries in the United States- but that doesn't justify the cruelty today. Tightening a cinch around a bull's belly to make him buck, throwing a calf to the ground and tying its legs, forcing a horse to try to buck off a rider- all these things are done for "entertainment", and are nothing but misery for the animals involved.

Jessica Story
Jessica Story4 years ago

This is disgusting, when will humans realise animals are not a commodity, they are not entertainment, they are not here for us to do what the hell we like to them! They are a part of nature & deserve to be treated with respect. All evil on earth is perpetrated by only one species...MAN. We need change & we need it now!

Fatima M.
Fatima M4 years ago

Animals live with us, not for us.

Horses have been used as a form of transport for years, but now we have "evolved". We have cars, bikes, trains, buses etc. People need to realize that when you ride a horse, you treat is as if it's an object, and not as an animal with feelings. And the horse only does these things out of fear.

Same with bulls. Everyone assumes that they are just wild and crazy creatures. You don't see what happens behind the scenes. The bulls do these things out of frustration.

Same with elephants and other animals used and abused in circuses.

Please stop funding these things. This isn't entertainment.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G4 years ago

need to be stopped !

Cynthia H.
Cynthia H5 years ago

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.

Debb L.
Debb L7 years ago

(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.

Debb L.
Debb L7 years ago

"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 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

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.