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December 5, 2017 > Letter to the Editor: Morality Test

Letter to the Editor: Morality Test

At the annual 2014 Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley, a stressed-out and man-handled cow suffered a broken neck and had to be euthanized, leaving an orphaned calf. The incident inspired an irate letter to the Board of the Hayward Area Rec & Park District (HARD), which owns the property:

"As a former large animal veterinarian, my ranchers would be appalled at such treatment of one of their cows. Watching grown men abuse this poor cow reminds me of rape cases I have tried as a state prosecutor." (Dr. Peggy Larson, DVM, Esq.)

The rodeo also regularly features the cruel and dangerous children's "mutton busting," "calf riding" and "goat tying" events. What a terrible message to send to impressionable young children about the humane treatment of animals! And a violation of our State Education Code 60042, which mandates that "kindness to animals and humane education" be taught in the public schools, K-12.

The HARD board is holding a special hearing on these issues on Monday, December 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at their headquarters, 1099 "E" Street, Hayward. The public is urged to attend and voice their concerns.

Eric Mills, coordinator
Coalition for a Humane Alameda County

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