Rodeos–An American Embarrassment
May 17, 2016
Ashley Roth, Communications Director
America was built on dirty culture. Embarrassing culture. Even worse, we often refuse to grow from our past, to recreate ourselves into an aware and compassionate society. Examples of this legacy are plentiful. For now, let’s focus on rodeos.
You know the event. South Dakota, Wyoming, and Texas embrace these cruelties as their state sport. But, let’s be frank. This isn’t a sport. It’s barbaric and a poor reflection on humanity. Need some credibility to this claim? Let’s delve further.
Rodeos consist of many parts–one of these is roping. The name says it all. This “heroic” cowboy rides a horse around while wrapping a noose around either a calf or an adult steer. Other nooses loop around the terrified calf’s ankles, all while trying to keep him or her upright. If the baby’s legs cave in and they fall, this “poor” cowboy has keep repeating the act until the calf remains upright. Gee, we don’t want our country’s beloved emblem to work too hard.
The most known form of roping is tie-down. Yeah–it’s exactly how it sounds. Team roping is where an entire group chase a frightened steer. Where is the entertainment in looping ropes around scared animals? And that isn’t all. Another heinous version of roping is breakaway roping–done with a shorter rope that the calf breaks free from. They run without being tied down. Many states and cities have opted for this version, thinking it’s a humane alternative. They’re wrong. The only humane alternative is abolishing rodeos completely.