What does this teach kids? Shouldn't we teach compassion to others, including animals?
What does this teach kids? Shouldn't we teach compassion?
Rodeos are no fun the animals and result in torment, harassment, and stress being inflicted upon the unwilling, participating animals and expose them to the probability of pain, injury, or death. Many animals have died in California, and countless animals have been injured. I know of bulls and horses who sustained fatal injuries in the finals in Las Vegas, some of which were covered up. Every animal protection organization in the U.S. wants it to stop, especially the calf roping. Several municipalities have banned this event. Pasadena recently banned rodeos.
I’ve seen the tails of calves twisted just before they burst out of the shoots. Stock contractors have told me that they’re careful, when roping calves on the range, to prevent them from injury, unlike the timed event in the rodeo. On the range, the rope is let out, whereas in the rodeo the calves are jerked abruptly off all four legs by the rope, then they’re slammed down on the ground and tied, so the contestants can get the fastest time.
Whatever one calls rodeo,--culture, history, tradition, etc., it should be stopped, like all other, hurtful traditions, such as burning or drowning alleged witches, slavery, etc.
Rodeos are not an accurate or harmless portrayal of ranching skills. Horses were not “broken” over and over, bulls were not ridden, etc. Rodeos display and encourage insensitivity to the acceptance of brutal treatment of animals in the name of entertainment. Such callous disregard of our moral obligations toward other living creatures has a negative impact on society as a whole and on impressionable children in particular. We don’t have to harm innocent animals for entertainment, nor should we as a civilized society.
If you see a dog or a child being mistreated, do you look the other way? I would hope not! "Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." ~ Elie Wiesel, Romanian-American Writer"