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June 16, 2019

Cruelty Inherent in Rodeo

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00 am

As a former bareback rider in the rodeo and as a veterinarian who treated rodeo horses, rodeo cannot exist without animals being injured or dying. And rodeo is NOT ranching tradition. None of my ranch clients rode their bulls, speed roped their calves, or forced their expensive horses to buck.

Calf roping causes serious injuries to the neck. Dr. Robert Bay, a veterinarian from Colorado, euthanized several roping calves to study their injuries. He found hemorrhage, torn ligaments and cartilage, torn and bruised muscles, damaged trachea and damaged thyroid glands in the neck.

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