Rodeos–An American Embarrassment

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.

Rodeos.

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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.
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Horse Racing and Steeplechases: Sports of Death

Horse Racing and Steeplechases: Sports of Death

May 12, 2016

Ashley Roth, Communications Director

Nashville’s annual Steeplechase is happening in a matter of days. Many associate this event with big hats, Southern tradition, and a mint julep or two. These patrons never think about prescription cocktails that numb horse’s pain or abnormally speed up their performance. They never think about overworked horses discarded and sent to slaughter. They never think about the damaging injuries or too frequent deaths. And why would they? The industry has worked hard to shield the public from the truth.

Arcadius

Arcadius, the most famous horse to publicly meet his tragic fate at the Iroquois Steeplechase in 2012. Arcadius won the biggest race of the day and on his way to the winner’s circle he collapsed and died in front of the spectators.

 

When you examine the horse racing industry, you find their torture glaringly obvious. Horses may enjoy a galloping stroll through a pasture naturally, but the intense sprinting at the mercy of the human riding on top of them is totally contrived. It isn’t the horse seeking first- place–it’s the people who profit from equine victory.

Here’s the path from horse to overflowing pockets:
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