Rodeo: America’s shame

The Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona is an inherently brutal event where animals are injured and traumatized for one of the lowest forms of entertainment by being roped and dragged, forced to perform in front of a loud and rowdy audience, and electrically shocked to make them appear wild when they leave the chutes.

We must urge Tucson community leaders to exercise compassion and integrity by enacting a ban on the use of electric shock devices at the rodeo, as a step toward phasing out this abusive event completely.

Undercover video footage has documented this abuse every time investigators have infiltrated the arena with cameras.

The sneaky tactics, body language, and overall behavior displayed by the individuals using the Hot-Shot devices (hand-held electric shockers) all serve to reinforce the fact that they are fully aware that this is an unacceptable practice that should be hidden from public view.

Many rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association have abandoned the use of electric shock devices at their events. It’s long past time for the Tucson Rodeo to follow suit.

Forget the myth of the rodeo as an all-American sport.
Modern rodeos are nothing more than western-themed circuses with contestants racing against the clock in various spectacles of domination for cash prizes.
Yet it’s the animals who pay the price.

Many rodeo fans themselves are enraged to learn that the bulls and horses are being subjected to extremely painful 5,000-6,000-volt zaps from Hot-Shot devices during the event.
This abusive practice has nothing to do with tradition, as rodeos existed long before shock prods were invented.
Common decency demands that corrective action be taken to alleviate the animal suffering caused by abusive electric shock techniques.

For more than a decade, Tucson-based SPEAK (Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom) and SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) have obtained undercover video footage on various occasions that depicts the routine shocking of animals.
A designated individual moves from chute to chute, shocking horses and bulls just before they are released into the arena.

The following video clips obtained inside the Tucson Rodeo Arena clearly show animals who were injured to the point where they could not stand up on their own, much less leave the arena on their own power:

Why don’t all injured animals receive veterinary treatment?
Why is this sort of animal abuse allowed in the first place?
The answer to both of these questions is the same.

It’s because the rodeo is an event based on the dominance and exploitation of animals, and when any of the unwilling participants are injured, it is only a momentary interruption in the arena that is soon forgotten by an audience whose primary concern is unfortunately of self-gratification, not the welfare of the animals involved.

“With this rodeo in its 97th year, will it really take our community a century to finally realize that there’s no such thing as a rodeo without animal cruelty?
The real concern is not how many people are admitted to the event, but rather how many people in the arena admit to the animal abuse that they witness.” SPEAK president coordinator Gary Vella

“Undercover video footage at the Tucson Rodeo has revealed the electric shocking of horses and bulls. Many rodeos have abandoned the use of these 5000-6000 volt Hot Shot devices. I am calling on Tucson community leaders to exercise compassion and integrity by enacting a ban on the use of these abusive electric shock devices at the Tucson Rodeo.”


And I mean…Rodeo is a holdover from the old “wild west” in America.
In rodeo spectacles you can see cowboys on wildly jumping horses or bulls.

The horses used in these tacky events these days are no longer wild horses, but often cheap horses that are considered “unrideable”.
The wannabe cowboys try to stay on the animal’s back as long as possible, despite the resistance.
Whoever can do this the longest wins.

Due to its primitive basic structure, rodeo cannot be carried out in an animal-friendly manner, as the rodeo mafia often wants to sell.
Rodeo doesn’t work without violence.

Rodeo is all about turning domestic animals, such as horses and cattle, “wild” through physical manipulation.
The most important means of coercion at the rodeo is the flank strap.

Tame horses and bulls are forced to be wild by having the flank strap buckled very tightly around their groins and genitals.
And because this causes great pain to the animals, they “buck” to get rid of the belt.

The wannabe cowboy supposedly only has to stay on the animal’s back for 8 seconds.
But even when the cowboy has been shaken off, the animals buck like mad until their flank straps are removed.

Even if the flank belt is partly padded, it doesn’t relieve the terrible pain.
Animals in rodeos are treated as “disposable” items, especially in the United States.
They are often destined for the slaughterhouse and are supposed to “entertain” people once more before they die.
Horses, bulls, calves and other animals often break their necks, backs and legs.

Some die right there at the rodeo.
In America there are hardly any laws protecting animals at such events.
But even at German rodeos, the animals are treated like objects.

A shame is this primitive spectacle, like any form of entertainment based on animal cruelty.

My best regards to all, Venus

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