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April 18, 2017 > Letter to the Editor: Rowell Ranch Rodeo animal abuse

Letter to the Editor: Rowell Ranch Rodeo animal abuse

Despite major public outcry from the East Bay SPCA, et al., the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District (HARD), abdicating its duties to animals and constituents alike, has endorsed the ongoing abuses at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo (May 20-21).

The rodeo will again feature two cruel, non-sanctioned events: Òwild cow milkingÓ (in which a panicky cow was killed at the 2014 rodeo, leaving an orphaned calf); and the childrenÕs Òmutton bustingÓ event, dangerous for both kids and the terrified sheep. ÒMutton bustingÓ is banned in New Zealand, at the recommendation of the NZ Veterinary Assn. ItÕs also a violation of CA State Education Code 60042. And what a terrible message to send to impressionable youngsters about the humane treatment of animals! (See YouTube videos.)

Express your dismay to Paul McCreary, Genl. Mgr., & the HARD Board of Directors (Lou Andrade, pres; Paul Hodges, Minane Jameson, Carol Pereira, Rick Hatcher), 1099 ÒEÓ Street, Hayward, CA 94544; email

Better yet, urge the Board of Supervisors to amend the 1993 county rodeo ordinance (which already bans Òhorse trippingÓ and Òsteer tailingÓ), and add Òwild cow milking,Ó Òmutton busting,Ó and all animal ÒscramblesÓ to the prohibited list (many also featured at the Livermore Rodeo).

WRITE/CALL: Alameda County Board of Supervisors (Wilma Chan, pres; Scott Haggerty, Nate Miley, Richard Valle, Keith Carson), 1220 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612; tel. 510/208-4949. As playwright Tennessee Williams once wrote, ÒCruelty is the only unforgivable sin.Ó It needs to stop.

Eric Mills, Coordinator
Action for Animals

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