What’s wrong with riding bucking broncos or bulls?

In order to make the horse or bull act “wild,” normally docile animals are physically provoked using electric prods, spurs and bucking straps.  While the animal is in the chute they have a bucking strap tightened around their sensitive abdomen, which causes him to buck violently in pain.  (This is why they continue to buck even after the rider falls off, until the strap is released.)  Before leaving the chute the animal is then prodded with an electrical jolt or has their tail twisted to cause additional pain.  Once in the ring, the rider kicks him with spurs for further aggravation.  These straps can also cause open wounds on their flanks.


What’s the concern with calf roping?


This event involves releasing a baby calf (~ 4 months old) from a chute and chasing it on horseback as it runs into the ring (usually because his tail has been painfully twisted).  The calf is capable of running almost 30 mph, at which point the rider lassoes the animal around its neck and yanks it to an abrupt stop.  The rider then jumps off the horse and throws the calf to the ground, stunning the animal while the rider ties up its legs.  Often the force of the rope alone on the calf’s neck knocks the animal right off his feet, and many calves suffer neck injuries, broken backs, broken legs and even death if the neck is broken.


What’s the concern with steer roping (aka steer busting)?

Steer roping is the most deadly rodeo event.  The steer is chased by a rider on horseback who ropes him in a way that flips him in the air and slams him on his back.  The sheer force of a 600 lb animal hitting the ground with such force is sometimes deadly for the animal.  As a result, this event has been banned in certain states.


What’s the concern with steer wrestling?


This event involves 2 riders – one keeps the steer running in a straight line and the other grabs the steer by his horns.  He then twists the steer’s neck until he gets him to the ground.  This event causes numerous neck injuries to the steer, and sometimes even breaks the animal’s neck.


What’s wrong with steer tailing?

Riders on horseback grab steer by the tail and attempt to spin them to the ground.  This results in broken bones, severed tails, and occasionally euthanasia when injuries are too severe.


What can I do to help?

Every dollar you spend on entertainment is a vote on whether animals are exploited in the process.  If you believe animals are treated unjustly at rodeos, don’t attend rodeo events or watch them on tv.  Educate friends and family members about this inhumane form of entertainment,