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Injured rodeo animals need veterinary care

By Gary Bogue
Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 8:35 am in Rodeo animals.

I just got the following letter from Eric Mills, coordinator of Action for Animals in Oakland. Eric is the ultimate fighter for the rights of animals and one of his particular concerns is to make sure rodeo animals get care when they are injured — which happens more frequently than a lot of people care to admit.

If you care about these animals and would like to help, read on:

Gary: I have in hand copies of the 2007 rodeo animal injury reports submitted to the State Veterinary Medical Board, as required by law. Are you ready? A grand total of two! No reports — zero — were submitted in 2006, and only one in 2005.

Rodeo injuries are commonplace. With about 250 rodeos held annually in California, there should be at least several dozen such reports every year. It’s clear that the “on call” veterinarian option allowed by current law isn’t working. Vets are not being summoned, and injured animals are suffering needlessly.

There’s an easy fix: State law should be amended so as to require an on-site veterinarian at every rodeo and charreada (Mexican-style rodeo).

Rodeos already require on-site paramedics and ambulances to care for injured cowboys, and rightly so. Animals deserve equal consideration. There’s good precedent. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) requires on-site vets at all of its rodeos, as do Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the Hayward Rowell Ranch, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Solano County Fair, and the California State Fair. So do all horse shows and thoroughbred race tracks.

Ask your state representatives to introduce and/or support the needed humane amendment. All legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Eric Mills, coordinator, Action for Animals, Oakland, Calif.

Thanks for caring, everyone! And thank YOU, Eric! /gary

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4 Responses to “Injured rodeo animals need veterinary care”

  1. Judy Says:

    With about 250 rodeos held annually in California, there should be at least several dozen such reports every year

    The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) requires on-site vets at all of its rodeos, as do Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the Hayward Rowell Ranch, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Solano County Fair, and the California State Fair. So do all horse shows and thoroughbred race tracks

    The above accounts for a LOT of rodeo events. By your own statement, there should be reports from these events. If injuries to the animals are as frequent as you allude to, and there are vets at the above mentioned events, where are their reports? Perhaps rodeo has “cleaned up” its act and there are not as many injuries as there used to be!

  2. Maggie R Says:

    Not as many injuries as there used to be? Not likely! Wishful thinking there…The rodeo is cruel to animals even if they don’t get injured. Do you know what they do to the horses to turn them in to bucking broncos? It involves a very tight belt cinched around their genitals that is so uncomfortable they jump and twist to try to relieve the agony and all this while a “cowboy” is on their back! There is nothing nice, wholesome, or fun about rodeos. They are right up there with circuses in terms of sacrificing the feelings and well-being of animals for the empty enjoyment of humans.

  3. Judy Says:

    I am not saying there are or or not injuries. I am just stating that from what Eric Mills wrote, by his OWN statement, there should be more reports of injuries, if they exist. And a cinch around their genitals? I would sure like to know which rodeos YOU are attending…..I have been involved in breaking and training horses for 25 years. A flank cinch does not go around their genitals!

  4. Andrea Says:

    I am doing a research paper on the way animals are treated in the rodeo. I am shocked by everything I have seen thus far. It incrediable sad. I have also seen some videos that not only brought me to tears but my husband as well. In the past I have attended one rodeo. I could never imagine what was really goin on behind the gates. I am now looking to see if I could find a annual report of injuries, but I have no luck.
    As far there being little to no rports made, for my that only means that there are not enought people that truly know what is going on behind the seens. I do however believe that not all rodeos are the same and some may not be abusive. But the pictures, videos, and other dovumention speaks for themselves. I will not attend another rodeo nor watch it on tv. I can not support something so cruel to animals. One more thing I want to mention is the electric prods. They may not feel the same to the animals that they would to us but if the animals “do not feel anything” from them…why are they even used? Ponder that for a moment.

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