Rodeos are exhibitions of animal cruelty. Unfortunately, rodeos are sanctioned in the guise of competition, but the reality is that animal suffering is the very essence of rodeo. Ropes and straps are tied around bulls’ and horses’ abdomens, and electric prods are used to shock the animals into giving more “exciting” performances.
Cesar Chavez talked of compassion (in December 1990), stating, “Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence.”
Sign the petition to the Los Angeles city council to #20-1575, a Motion that would ban the use of “inhumane implements” (including electric prods, flank straps, and spurs) at rodeo events held in the city.