Fast Facts: Rodeos involve pain and stress for the animals forced to compete. Due to this, they have been banned in some parts of the US and the UK.
- Rodeos involve bull riding, bucking horses, calf / steer roping and wrestling.
- Most people will have seen gentle and placid cows and horses in paddocks casually grazing in peace. Have you ever wondered what makes them buck and jump the way they do at a rodeo? Flank straps are fitted tightly around their body to cause pain and discomfort and often result in open wounds; along with being poked with electric prods prior to being released from the bucking chute the bucking is a result of the animals trying desperately to escape this torment.
- The activities at rodeos pose a serious risk of injury or death to the animals.
- Many animals will be seen to walk from the arena seemingly unscathed, but what can’t be seen by spectators is the multitude of internal injuries they sustained while subjected to this treatment.
- Broken legs, back injuries, tendon and ligament injuries and internal haemorrhaging are common.
- As with the horse and greyhound racing industries, these animals will be euthanized as to return them to health will be deemed uneconomic.
- Rodeos are banned in the UK, some parts of the US and the Australia Capital Territory.
The industry is in effect self-regulated so accurate figures regarding injuries sustained by animals at these events is likely to be much higher in reality than what is reported.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!