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June 12, 2018 > Letter to the Editor: Rodeo Cruelty and toy assault weapons

Letter to the Editor: Rodeo Cruelty and toy assault weapons

Why in the world would an East Bay Municipal Utilities District director (Frank Fallon) publicly attack a Hayward Area Recreation District director (Minane Jameson) over an animal welfare issue, one about which he is remarkably ignorant? (letter, "Calls Rodeo Complaint Letter 'Sour Grapes'") Sounds like a personal vendetta to me. Mr. Mellon has also publicly attacked Supervisor Nate Miley in the past (see Google).

Not a word about it in the media, but a saddle bronc named Savina suffered a broken back at the Saturday Rowell Ranch Rodeo, requiring euthanasia. Just imagine that an NBA player suffered a broken back on the courtÑit would make national headlines. Do the animals count for nothing? And all in the name of a bogus, macho "sport," God forgive us. And the stupid and cruel "wild cow milking contest" and children's "mutton busting" continue.

And this: There was a vendor at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo with dozens of toy AK-47 assault weapons on sale, replete with sound effects of gunfire. And the kids were playfully mowing down the passers-by, under the approving smiles of their oblivious parents. Truly chilling. And this only one day after 10 kids were gunned down at the Santa Fe, TX high school, with many others wounded.

Only yesterday (6/2), a park in Santa Rosa was dedicated to the memory of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was shot by a Deputy Sheriff who mistook the kid's toy BB gun, shaped like an AK-47 assault rifle, for the real thing. Will we ever learn?

Some connections to be made here, folks. And that same vendor is likely to be at the June 9-10 Livermore Rodeo. If so, he should NOT be allowed to sell these "toys" to impressionable young children.

SUGGESTION: HARD should donate the Rowell Ranch to the East Bay SPCA or other nonprofit and transform it into a Farm Animal Sanctuary &Education Center for Bay Area children. Works for me!

Eric Mills, coordinator
Action for Animals

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