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Rodeo: July was a bad month for rodeo animals

By Gary Bogue
Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 9:17 am in Rodeo animals.

I received the following letter dated June 30 from Eric Mills,coordinator for Action For Animals in Oakland:

July was a worse month than usual for rodeo animals. Three horses and a steer were killed at the Canadian Calgary Stampede (for a total of 35 since 1986, mostly in the chaotic chuck wagon races). Another three animals died at Cheyenne Frontier Days (plus a half-dozen other injuries). Closer to home, I just learned that three roping calves suffered broken legs at the Salinas Rodeo last week and had to be euthanized. And babies, yet.

Nor is it only the animals who suffer. A 12-year-old boy was killed in a bull riding accident in a “Little Britches” rodeo in Colorado earlier this month. A clear case of child endangerment, in my opinion. Minors should not be allowed to participate in this potentially lethal event. Perhaps some legislation is in order.

California state rodeo law (Penal Code 596.7) requires that the attending veterinarian must submit a written report of all animal injuries to the Veterinary Medical Board within 48 hours of the end of the rodeo. I called the Vet Board this week, and was told that ZERO reports had been received. NOT POSSIBLE! Rodeo injuries and deaths are commonplace. With some 250 rodeos held in California every year, the Board should have received 30-40 reports, minimum.

It’s clear that the “on call” vet option allowed by 596.7 isn’t working. It should be amended to require an ON SITE veterinarian at every rodeo, both professional and amateur. Charreadas, too (the Mexican-style rodeos.)

All legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS,

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3 Responses to “Rodeo: July was a bad month for rodeo animals”

  1. cjay57 Says:

    Great blog. But better then on site vets or anything you suggest, let’s just make it illegal to use animals at rodeos. It’s uncivilized and inhumane.

  2. gina perez Says:

    I aggree I have also am involved and sometime from time to time I go to mexican rodeo and the bulls they knock down and pull there tail I get sick. And the horses that are bunched up in pens that are so skinny it is sickning. I try to promote more natural training for the dancing horses instead of the relentless hitting of there legs tying them up to post and making these wonderful animals dance for hours…

  3. rocky Says:

    you dumb tree hugers need 2 GET A LIFE. Rodeo livestock is the healthiest animals around. Y dont you idiots get your stories straight before making assumptions. dumb a** people!!!!
    why dont you try looking at the stuff the mexicans do? you say our rodeo stock isnt takin care of. Shows how much you dumb idiots pay attention!! Ha get an F-N life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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