Ryan Chartrand

Do not buy rodeo, kiddie animal ride or circus tickets. Rodeo animals are forced in and out of trailers, chased, tripped, tied and abused with prods and tight flank straps; they aren’t “wild” in the corral without use of these devices.

They are shocked, spurred, kicked, jerked and dragged, and of course they feel pain. Put yourself in that jerked-down calf’s place.

In a 1995 rodeo, three horses died in a “wild horse roundup,” a steer was killed during the steer wrestling event, and a calf died after breaking its neck during the calf roping.

Remember the Cal Poly rodeo when the cowboy punched the horse in the head in the holding shoot?

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