It is not hard for anyone with a brain and a heart to understand what is wrong with clotheslining a baby animal, body slamming it to the ground and tying it legs so it cannot move. If this were done to a puppy or kitten, the offender would be charged with crimes and likely jailed.
Incredibly, rodeo people have no problem with committing an act of cruelty and cowardice against a baby cow during calf roping. A roping calf is only three to four months old. After that, they become too heavy for the "macho" cowboys to handle.
Calf-roping on the range bears no resemblance to calf roping at the rodeo. In the rodeo, it is a timed event, and indefensible abuse to the calf is the price paid for a competitive time. On the range, calves are roped carefully, and slowly brought to a halt.
On the range, calves are roped for care, or to protect them from danger. In rodeos, calves are endangered for amusement. This "sport" violently and specifically preys upon baby animals, and then calls itself "family entertainment!"
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 11/21/2006 4:42:06 AM*** Reason: add
Wow! My family watched this movie at our local drive in theater on the 4th of this month,along with Flushed Away. It was a tear jerker and much enjoyed by all of us. I'm apalled to find this out....how sad!
well I wont be watching that movie now, and tim mcgraw looks hot with a cowboy hat on but take that away and well he turns into the guy next door. I went to a roedeo once and i will never again, also i wont go to the circus.
Well I guess rodeos must be more humman where I lived then where you guys lived.
The contractors at most of the rodoes treat their bulls like calfs their whole lifes. They go out and pet them and feed them apples. They look at the bulls and horses as their lively hood. So they are going to take care of them.
They can't make them buck if the animal doesn't want to. So when it gets to the point of not wanting to buck anymore they will retire it.
Horses are usually sold as pets or kept on as ranch horse. The bulls either go to a stud farm, sold or stay where they are the rest of their lives. Pretty much like a race horse. Which can also be a dangerous and deadly sport for the horses.
Plus it's not only the animals that get hurt the humans do too. There was a guy at the 1999 NFR that got killed well calf roping.
I'm not sure how much of the calf and steer stuff will stick around anyway most people don't really care for it. One the calfs and steers can get hurt, plus the action just isn't as great and it is watching the rough stock stuff.
Most of the rodoes where I lived where the ruough stock stuff for that reason. You can get in to see a whole rodeo cheaper then just the rough stock ones. Why because more people like to watch the cowboys hit the ground then the animals.
Plus the horsed and bulls have more attatude then the calfs and steers. Especally Forest Gump he was cokey.
Also just to point out the calfs that are used for calf roping usually are the one that grow up to be the steers for steer wreseling and team roping. That then end up on your plate from the supermarket.
They are not going to risk an injury to a potitioal bucking bull at an early age like that. Since most of the breeding for one is planned out and calculated. Not all are some are still just picked up at an action, but more and more are planning out breedings instead of just throwing two bovines together.
As for the movie I'm not saying that the horses dieing wasn't a bad thing, but what about actors and stunt people that get killed making a movie. Do you stop going to watch them??
Yep the rodeos must be here much the same as Langniappe says, I have seen contestants excused from riding for not having their horses in good enough condition. Alot of the problems you describe are with the private rodeos. The amature and pro circuts have very strick rules for stock care, like Langniappe said if an animal wont work there is no money to make off of it. If the bulls wont buck, and buck well, then the rodeo wont get more from the same breeder. And unhealthy animals dont buck well. Getting a bull to buck is not the same as makeing them mean either, if you ever watch a rodeo watch close and you will see a strap around the bulls, same for horses, midsection. The bull, as a prey animal, is wary of having a strap tied to its midsection. Thinking it may be in danger, it runs about at high speed, bucking wildly. This process continues for a number of seconds until the rider loses his balance and falls off the animal or is simply thrown off the bull's back by the sheer force the animal exerts or unties after completing his ride.