Animal welfare expert speaks out against rodeo

Animal welfare expert speaks out against rodeo


My name is Peggy Larson. I am a former bareback bronc rider, and I have travelled to New Zealand to help address the animal abuse issues in rodeo. What’s wrong with rodeo? You’re putting these animals in an abusive situation that’s painful and putting them at risk for death. Calf roping is one of the most abusive events in rodeo. This is the event where most animals are injured, these are babies. They can’t handle the rough treatment that they’re getting in the roping events. First of all they’re scared to death. They’re put in a chute, they’re harassed in order to make them burst out of the chute. Once they get out of the chute, they’re running full speed, they’re roped, they’re knocked down, their legs are tied, and many times this whole process can cause some real damage to them. The second most egregious thing I believe is the spurring that’s done to the horses. You’re driving these spurs into the shoulders of these horses, and granted we never can see the damage that’s done because they have hair over where they’re being kicked. I’ve often been told by rodeo people that these animals are bred for bucking, that they love to buck, they buck naturally, and if that’s the case take off this flank strap take off the spurs and let’s just see if they buck naturally. I can guarantee you they will not. Rodeo cannot be made humane. Rodeo is animal cruelty period.

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