Maite Kropp: Wyoming rodeo should be shut down,


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From: The Reporter
By: Maite Kropp

Wyoming rodeo should be shut down, participants prosecuted

rodeoIndictments of animal cruelty should be filed against the organizers of the Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming, its rodeo workers and sponsors, Bank of the West and Coca Cola for the following unacceptable, lawless, cruel and abusive treatment of the animals used in the event. This CFR began July 18 and runs thru the 27th.

The day before the rodeo, cowboys “practice” roping young steers and calves.

Cowboy number 217 while “practicing,” battered a steer mercilessly. The helpless creature was so severely dragged; he could no longer use his legs to stand and was removed by a rodeo vehicle that appeared to be exclusively used for the transportation of wounded animals.

Having such a “designated” vehicle on site reveals the organizers know well in advance that the rodeo animals will be the recipients of ruthless manhandling resulting in injury/death.

Following the abuse of the steer, a calf was dragged quite a distance and was heard crying out in terror and anguish.

Seven men enclosed her with their horses to obscure the view of this innocent creature’s agony while in the back, seven cowboys did the same from the opposite side.

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  • Mary Anne Gardner

    This is one of the meanest entertainent I know!! I hope before I’m gone, I will see that all Rodeos are outlawed !! Let put this to a stop and save these poor horses and cows!!!

    July 25, 2014
  • Pamela Williams

    Frankly, I think ALL rodeos should be permanently shut down. This is abuse and torture, and I shudder to think what these people — practitioners and spectators — do in the other areas of their lives. Are people who get off on hurting animals, and those who enjoy watching it, “normal”? By my standards, they’re a bunch of perverts.

    July 25, 2014
  • Eric Mills

    California has the best (only?) rodeo animal welfare law in the country, Penal Code 596.7. In part, it severely restricts the use of the electric prod (a total ban would be preferable, of course), and requires a licensed veterinarian either on-site, or on-call. Should be ON-SITE, of course, since many animal injuries are emergency situations requiring immediate medical attention. The law also requires that animal injury reports be submitted to the State Veterinary Medical Board within 48 hours of the rodeo’s completion.

    The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
    (PRCA), based in Colorado Springs, CO, has required on-site vets at all their sanctioned events since 1995 (when five animals were killed at the California Rodeo in Salinas).

    EVERY STATE SHOULD HAVE THIS BASIC (AND STRONGER) PROTECTION. Ask your own legislators to introduce similar legislation, which should also cover the Mexican-style rodeos called “charreadas” (notorious for “horse tripping” and “steer tailing”).
    Eric Mills, coordinator
    email –

    July 25, 2014
  • Margo Nielsen

    Dragging baby animals with a rope as if they were inanimate bales of hay is hardly admirable, especially when the animals are too crippled to leave the arena on their own feet.

    July 25, 2014
  • Ronnie

    All rodeos are extremely cruel with Cheyenne being most notorious. A rodeo becomes a “Culture of Cruelty,” the group norm…like “peer pressure.”

    However, those who participate in a rodeo, inflict such purposeful, agonizing pain, take joy in torture, killing are seriously mentally disturbed. Sociopaths/Psychopaths.

    How a community allows such cruelty to continue should mind-boggle me, but it is is far to common, becomes acceptable behind open doors.

    I believe this will stop, but slowly. We need to do what we can legally & keep on publishing…with photos…audio!…so the public knows.

    July 27, 2014