cowboyupnorth said[quote][cite]Caslon said[/cite]Why do they want to eliminate those events? Do these events harm the animals?
Most of the time no. However sometimes in calf roping or steer wresting a calf brakes a leg, just like in horse racing and even in human sports. Another issue is the use of shocking a horse before a ride. Here is a related article. Personally I could see the issue with shocking if its overdone.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Addresses Shock Issue
Cheyenne - 4/18/2008
Until now, the ``Daddy of 'Em All'' had followed the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rules on the use of the
The PRCA rules allow for shocking a horse before a ride if the
stock contractor, the cowboy riding the horse and the PRCA judge
all agree the horse might stall coming out of the chute.
An animal rights group has posted Internet videos showing rodeo
hands appearing to use the devices a number of times at last year's
Frontier Days rodeo.
Frontier Days spokesman Bob Budd says that from now on, horses
will not be shocked except in cases of an emergency.
Cowboy, I give you props for providing information, even if it doesn't necessarily support your position, instead of just framing the other side as a bunch of nuts with nothing better to do with their time.
I saw a docu about gay rodeo and its terrific impact on the lives of several competitors... I guess I'd try to find a balance... I wasn't even aware of the shocking and legs getting broken! Are there any moves to create a kind of 'certified humane rodeo' ?
I think that would be the ultimate solution if all parties can agree on a format.