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July 11, 2017 > Letter to the Editor: Rodeo abuse

Letter to the Editor: Rodeo abuse

WeÕre on the brink of a sea change regarding the use of animals in entertainment: no more orca shows or breeding at SeaWorld; elephant bull hook bans in Oakland and Los Angeles; demise of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Time for another look at rodeo.

At HARDÕs 2014 Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley, a cow was killed in the Òwild cow milking contest,Ó leaving an orphaned calf. Yet another of these abused cows suffered internal injuries at this yearÕs rodeo. An on-line petition boasts more than 100,000 signatures supporting a ban on both Òwild cow milkingÓ and the childrenÕs Òmutton bustingÓ event. (The Livermore Rodeo features these same events.)

Supporters include the East Bay SPCA, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (with more than a thousand California members), the Humane Farming Association, and many others.

Back in 1993 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors outlawed the rodeoÕs brutal Òhorse trippingÓ and Òsteer tailingÓ events. ItÕs time to add other cruel and non-sanctioned events to the prohibited list: Òwild cow milking,Ó Òmutton busting,Ó all animal Òscrambles,Ó et al. For most, rodeo is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. They (and we) deserve better.

Please contact the Board at 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94512, (510) 272-3898, and ask that they add this issue to their agenda in the near future.

Eric Mills, Coordinator

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