Rodeo…What Does It Teach Young People?

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“Another video just in, which I just had to share with you, for obvious reasons. This kid didn’t have the guts to speak to Steve Hindi (President of SHARK) directly, so he leaves a message! Watch the video & listen to him…how old do you reckon this kid is? I would have to say between 8-11 years old; judging by his voice! As a parent, I would be embarrassed if I  had a child of that age using such vulgar language!  Whatever happened to parental skills??”

“This kid is having a bit of a tiff about a horse in one of SHARKS video collections on Rodeo. He wants to make out that it’s the horses fault for bucking too much, hence the broken leg!

Excuse me, but if I were putting a bucking strap on my horse, knowing he is going to hate it & buck…any injuries that occur: I would have to say are my fault, not the horses. I put the strap on, knowing it would agitate him, which made him buck. It is the humans fault in cases like this; where animals suffer broken bones etc.

He is obviously from a rodeo family, so the question really is, what does rodeo teach young people? Well I can tell you what it doesn’t them; compassion, kindness, respect etc. etc. Watch, listen & make your own mind up!”

“Related: I’ve only added one link, as I’ve written too many posts to list here, so if you wish to read others, just do a search on the right of the page; type in rodeo!”

What Does Rodeo Teach Young People?

Published on 6 Apr 2013 –

A boy from Canada shows how he has learned “rodeo family values.”

Rodeos are promoted as rough-and-tough exercises of human skill and courage in conquering the fierce, untamed beasts of the Wild West. In reality, rodeos are nothing more than manipulative displays of human domination over animals, thinly disguised as entertainment.

What began in the 1800s as a skill contest among cowboys has become a show motivated by greed and big profits.(1)

The Stunts
Standard rodeo events include calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback horse and bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, and barrel racing.(2) The animals used in rodeos are captive performers. Most are relatively tame but understandably distrustful of humans because of the harsh treatment that they have received. Many of these animals are not aggressive by nature; they are physically provoked into displaying “wild” behavior in order to make the cowboys look brave.

Tools of Torment
Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. The flank, or “bucking,” strap or rope—which is used to make horses and bulls buck—is tightly cinched around their abdomens, which causes the animals to “buck vigorously to try to rid themselves of the torment.”(3) The irritation causes the animals to buck violently, which is what the rodeo promoters want them to do in order to put on a good show for the crowds. The flank strap, when paired with spurring, causes the animals to buck even more violently, often resulting in serious injuries.(4) Former animal control officers have found burrs and other irritants placed under the flank strap.(5) In addition, the flank strap can cause open wounds and burns when the hair is rubbed off and the skin is chafed raw.(6)

Cows and horses are often prodded with an electrical “hotshot” while in the chute to rile them, causing intense pain to the animals. Peggy Larson, D.V.M.—a veterinarian who in her youth was a bareback bronc rider—said, “Bovines are more susceptible to electrical current than other animals. Perhaps because they have a huge ‘electrolyte’ vat, the rumen [one of their stomachs].”(7)

The End of the Trail
The late Dr. C.G. Haber, a veterinarian who spent 30 years as a federal meat inspector, worked in slaughterhouses and saw many animals discarded from rodeos and sold for slaughter. He described the animals as being so extensively bruised that the only areas in which their skin was attached to their flesh were the head, neck, legs, and belly. He described seeing animals “with 6-8 ribs broken from the spine, and at times puncturing the lungs.” Haber saw animals with “as much as 2-3 gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin.”(8) These injuries are a result of animals’ being thrown in calf-roping events or being jumped on by people from the backs of horses during steer wrestling.

Injuries and Deaths
Although rodeo cowboys voluntarily risk injury by participating in events, the animals they use have no such choice. Because speed is a factor in many rodeo events, the risk of accidents is high.

A terrified, screaming young horse burst from the chutes at the Can-Am Rodeo and, within five seconds, slammed into a fence and broke her neck. Bystanders knew that she was dead when they heard her neck crack, yet the announcer told the crowd that everything would “be all right” because a vet would see her.(9)

Incidents such as this are not uncommon at rodeos. By the end of one of the annual, nine-day Calgary Stampedes in Alberta, Canada, six animals were dead, including a horse who died of an aneurism and another who suffered a broken leg and had to be euthanized.(10) The following year, at the same event, six more animals died: five horses in the chuckwagon competition and a calf in the roping event.(11) In 2005, fear caused a stampede as horses destined for the Stampede were being herded across a bridge; some jumped and others were pushed into the river. Nine horses died.(12)

Rodeo ban

The Omak Stampede is an annual event in Washington that features the Wild Horse Race, in which tethered wild horses are released into the arena while cowboys try to mount and ride them (one horse died in 2005). The event culminates with the Suicide Race, in which horses are ridden at furious speeds down a steep hill and into the grandstand. That event killed three horses in 2004; 19 horses have lost their lives to the race in the past 20 years.(13)

During the National Western Stock Show, a horse crashed into a wall and broke his neck, and another horse broke his back after being forced to buck.(14) Dr. Cordell Leif told the Denver Post, “Bucking horses often develop back problems from the repeated poundings they take from the cowboys. There’s also a real leg injury where a tendon breaks down. Horses don’t normally jump up and down.”(15)

Calves roped while running routinely have their necks snapped back by the lasso, often resulting in neck injuries.(16) Even Bud Kerby, owner and operator of Bar T Rodeos Inc., agrees that calf roping is inhumane. He told the St. George Spectrum that he “ wouldn’t mind seeing calf roping phased out.”(17) During Rodeo Houston, a bull suffered from a broken neck for a full 15 minutes before he was euthanized following a steer-wrestling competition, which was described by a local newspaper as an event in which “cowboys violently twist the heads of steers weighing about 500 pounds to bring them to the ground.”(18)

Rodeo association rules are not effective in preventing injuries and are not strictly enforced, and penalties are not severe enough to deter abusive treatment. For example, one rule states that “if a member abuses an animal by any unnecessary, non-competitive or competitive action, he may be disqualified for the remainder of the rodeo and fined $250 for the first offense, with that fine progressively doubling with each offense thereafter.” These are small fines in comparison to the large purses that are at stake. Rules allow the animals to be confined or transported in vehicles for up to 24 hours without being properly fed, watered, or unloaded.(19)

rodeo bull

Spurn the Spurs
If a rodeo comes to your town, protest to local authorities, write letters to sponsors, leaflet at the gate, or hold a demonstration. Contact PETA for posters and fliers.

Check state and local laws to find out what types of activities involving animals are and are not legal in your area. For example, after a spectator videotaped a bull breaking his leg during a rodeo event, a Pittsburgh law prohibiting bucking straps, electric prods, and sharpened or fixed spurs in effect banned rodeos altogether, since most rodeos currently touring the country use the flank straps that are prohibited by the law.(20)

Another successful means of banning rodeos is to institute a state or local ban on calf roping, the event in which cruelty is most easily documented. Since many rodeo circuits require calf roping, eliminating it can result in the overall elimination of rodeo shows.

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Urge The Mayor Of Calgary To Stop The Stampede

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On July 6 the Calgary Stampede will once again see animals abused for entertainment in its infamous rodeo in Alberta, Canada. More than 80 animals have died at the Stampedesince 1986 and many more have been subjected to fear, pain and stress to make them perform for the crowds.

Terrified 3 month old calves are treated so cruelly they are often injured or killed

One of the worst events is calf-roping, in which terrified three-month-old calves are goaded out of a chute, chased at speeds of up to 27 miles per hour and roped to a jarring halt before being picked up and slammed to the ground. Rodeo is opposed by virtually every animal welfare organization in the world, yet thousands of tourists still flock to the event not knowing about the animal cruelty involved.

The League is working with theVancouver Humane Society in Canada to ensure more people learn the truth about rodeo animal suffering.  You can help by boycotting rodeos if you travel to Canada or the U.S.  

You can also contact the Mayor of Calgary, Mr. Naheed Nenshi, to urge him to support a ban on calf-roping. (He is a member of the Stampede’s board of directors) The Mayor can be emailed at or you can visit the VHS website to complete their online form.

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Some Stampede Horses Are Sent To Slaughter

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For the first time, the Calgary Stampede is acknowledging its unwanted rodeo horses are sent to an Alberta slaughterhouse for meat.

One of the Stampede horses at its ranch near Hanna, Alberta.

Stampede officials say the slaughterhouse in Fort Macleod is a destination of last resort for a very few number of the male horses that can’t be trained to buck.

“The selection would be in the order of 20 horses a year that wouldn’t be suitable for something else and would have to go this route,” says Dr. Greg Evans, a Stampede veterinarian.

The female horses that aren’t suitable for sport can be put into the Stampede ranch’s breeding program.

The Calgary Humane Society, which works with the Stampede on animal welfare, says there ought to be a better option.

We adamantly oppose this practice. And we would hope, perhaps, the Stampede would look at other options. There are horse rescues in Alberta that I’m sure would help with animals no longer needed,” says Christy Thompson, from the Calgary Humane Society.

Dr. Evans defends the Stampede’s decision saying bucking horses aren’t typically appropriate for riding, or pets.

“Basically, because they’re bred to buck, they’re semi-feral so they’re wilder than the average horse and a lot of them it’s a temperament problem so they’re not going to be comfortable in confinement of any kind,” says Dr. Evans.

“I’m sorry but I disagree, the horses are not semi-wild with temperament problems…they are made that way by putting flank straps on which cause  unnecessary discomfort & possibly pain, plus the riders dig their spurs in the horses neck & withers, then of course they are electrically shocked whilst in the chute! 

“I bet if I put a flank strap on any of my horses & treated them like the above, they would buck & bronc like crazy…until the irritation was removed…but then I would be charged with animal cruelty. Same if I was in a field chasing & roping baby cow’s, resulting in snapped necks & broken bones…I would be charged with cruelty!”

“The rodeo mafia don’t care about any of the animals used in rodeo, if they did, rodeo would have ceased to exist, the moment humans realized animals have rights & feel pain! How can they charge the public money, to watch them deliberately cause pain to animals & not be charged as one would if it were done to animals anywhere else? They cause pain from electric shocks & prods, spurs, roping animals by horse, flank straps etc. etc.”

“Typical example below, thanks to SHARK for being there & capturing the truth.  Whilst the horse is bucking to get rid of the irritation & pain, caused by the flank strap, & the rider who’s digging his spur’s in, the horse broncs & lands awkwardly, breaking his leg!”

“His leg is broken at the knee, it’s literally dangling, held on with a bit of muscle tissue! The fake cowboy’s just stand around whilst the horse is spooked by the noise etc! One guy gets off his horse to undo the strap, but his horse wanders off…instead of staying with the horse in pain….he’s more bothered about his own horse, how heartless!!!

“It should have been put to sleep on the spot, but then that’s lost money, why put it down when it could fetch around $300 at slaughter?  See the trailer being pulled up… If an animal can walk or hobble onto the slaughter wagon, then it will go to slaughter. I have seen videos of horses coming off the slaughter wagon with broken legs, hooves missing etc.” 

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Published on 26 May 2012 by 

The Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo kills a horse in the name of tradition. May 19, 2012.

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Calgary Stampede sends young horses to slaughter by VHS on MAY 31, 2012:-

Bucking horses are a major part of rodeo ‘entertainment’

Horse slaughter – How can anyone say this is acceptable & the horse don’t suffer?
Bouvry Video Summary Part I of III by TwylaFrancois

Canucks Player Under Fire for Bear Baiting

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Vancouver Canucks player David Booth is getting quite a bit of negative attention after taking to Twitter to post photos and video of himself killing a black bear while he was on vacation in Alberta.

Animal advocates, and even some hunters, are taking a major issue with the fact that he was bear baiting, a controversial hunting practice that involves leaving food out to lure animals to a certain spot where they’re easier to kill.

Some take issue with the  advantage it gives hunters, ruining the supposed “fair chase,” while others simply abhor trophy hunting altogether.

“It is even more difficult to find a moral justification for trophy hunting ― the killing of an animal to satisfy human vanity. There is a moral difference between killing for food and killing for pleasure. While an ethical vegetarian might argue that both are unnecessary, the latter plumbs the depths of immoral human behaviour through its selfishness, trivializing of nature and disregard for life,” wrote Peter Fricker, Projects and Communications Director at the Vancouver Humane Society, about the incident.

Bear baiting is legal in most of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, but not in British Columbia, where Booth lives. It’s also illegal in 18 states in the U.S.

In this case, Booth spent a week luring the bear to the kill spot before shooting him with a crossbow from way up high in a tree stand while he was out with guides from Twin River Outfitting. The plan all along was to show footage of the hunt on The Edge, a program on the Canadian hunting and fishing network Wild TV.

During the ambush he tweeted, “In Alberta trying to kill a few bruins. #unleashthefury,” followed by, “Just killed a Chara-sized bruin! 7ft black bear – 21in skull.”

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Video – Circus controversy: Should elephants be allowed? Vote

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The circus is in town this long weekend, and as preparations for the show get underway, what’s going on underneath the big top isn’t without controversy.

The treatment of animals in circuses has long been a controversial topic.

However, organizers with the Royal Canadian Circus, which is touring parts of Alberta this week, says they exceed standards when it comes to how they treat their animals.

The Royal Canadian says they care for all the animals, and don’t believe they should be hurt during any form of training, further insisting the elephants enjoy the social atmosphere of entertaining.

“What we ask our animals to do is nothing they wouldn’t do in the wild. There isn’t one trick you’ll ever see that is something not their nature to do. We just teach them to do it on cue, and complimentary to the performance,” says Larry Solheim, Royal Canadian Circus.

However, there are those who don’t agree with the use of animals in circuses.

Animal Defenders International has successfully stopped the use of animals in circuses in Bolivia and Peru, but say it’s been challenging here in Canada, calling our animal welfare laws ‘pitiful’.

“These elephants are trying to get onto this little tub, then she had them on a tiny rotating stool with one leg. Elephants don’t do that,” says Carol Tracey, Animal Defenders International.

The people with the Royal Canadian Circus say they shouldn’t be judged based on what other circuses do.

The circus runs this weekend in the parking lot at the Crossroads Furniture Market

Do you elephants belong in the circus?

No, there should be a ban on all exotic animals.  86.27%

Yes, as long as they are cared for appropriately.  13.73% 

Please vote at the link below  – Stats. at time of posting!
Read it on Global News: Global Calgary | Circus controversy: Should elephants be allowed?

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Save Lucy the Elephant

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Lucy is an elephant living in isolation in the cold climate of Alberta, Canada. Her enclosure is tiny, and due to the frigid weather she must spend the majority of her time in her small barn. Lucy’s health is deteriorating; she needs help and she needs it now.

Lucy lives her life entirely isolated from social contact. She is the only female elephant at the zoo, and is kept in a small, barren enclosure. Elephants evolved to walk long distances. In the wild they travel anywhere between 10 and 20 km each day. According to the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being, elephants in captivity should have enough space to travel at least 10 km on a daily basis; but Lucy’s enclosure is a mere half acre, and her indoor space even smaller.

Since the zoo is located in the Alberta region of Canada, Lucy must endure frigid winters each year. When the temperature drops, she is put inside her barn to keep warm. It has been estimated that Lucy is kept inside her barn as much as 76% of the time. Lucy’s health is deteriorating, largely due to the poor conditions in which she is forced to live.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled against hearing a case regarding her future. The Edmonton Valley Zoo claims that Lucy’s respiratory problems prevent her from being moved, but these problems are largely a result of her grueling environment. If she remains there, she’ll surely die.

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Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed

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“The following is very upsetting for anyone who loves animals & horses, especially those who own horses like myself; which is why I have inserted the PETA Video at the end. Please use your own discretion on viewing it! . If you are an American or Canadian Citizen, please use your voice…put an end to their suffering…Please!!”

“Once again, my fellow animal warrior & sister against animal abuse, has lent her exquisite voice & artistic impression, toward the fight against horse slaughter!.” 

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Slaughtering horses for human consumption, or any other reason, is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and we need to stand up all together against this atrocious practice before anymore horses are killed. 

Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses.

Your voice is needed today please click this link to sign petitions:-! American or Canadian Citizen

  • If you are an American citizen, voice your support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent U.S. horses from being transported to slaughterhouses, effectively ending the slaughter of U.S. horses for food. The bill is currently sitting in committees in Congress and may fall through the cracks if we don’t act fast. Jillian has penned letters to the committee chairs urging each to consider the bill. Join her in contacting the committee chairs and sign your letter below.
  • If you are a Canadian citizenvoice your support for C-322, which would ban the import and export of horses for slaughter for human consumption in Canada.

Published on 17 Apr 2012 by 

A PETA investigator gets on board a slaughterhouse-bound truck in order to expose the fate of unwanted horses, from the auction house to the supermarket. (long verision)

Record number of Alta. wild horses caught, many slaughtered for meat

CALGARY — A record number of wild horses were captured in Alberta this year — a sevenfold increase from the average — and many are slaughtered for their meat, said the president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society.

Alberta allows for the humane capture of wild horses, and in the last five years an average of 30 horses have been captured per year.

This year, Sustainable Resource Development says 216 horses were captured between December 2011 and February 2012 of a possible 237 permits issued for the season. They are usually caught west of Sundre, Alta.

Bob Henderson, president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society, said more than 90 per cent of the horses that are captured are sent for slaughter.

“These horses are part of our natural heritage,” said Henderson.

His organization doesn’t oppose capturing wild horses if it’s done for adoption and the group managed to get nine of wild horses this year for that purpose.

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