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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Bull Riding

Published in HOMETIME NEWS, Oct. 31, 2002

Several 'bull riding' events, recently covered by local and national media, are telling the public that, contrary to animal advocates, the bulls are "trained" to buck. This is a blatant lie. The bull bucks due to a rope or strap cinched tightly near his genitals.

This device can be clearly and easily seen in every photo or broadcast; you will NEVER see a bull or horse buck without this pain- producer tied on him. Furthermore, the riders wear spurs which are jabbed sharply into the bull's sides. For what? So a phony 'cowboy' can make a buck?

There is certainly nothing 'brave' about it. Somehow true bravery, like saving someone from a burning building, has been confused with 'conquering' large animals who were peaceful til they were provoked into appearing wild. These cruel relics of the past should go the way of child labor and legal slavery. Please say "NO" to rodeos and all traveling animal acts.

Kiley Blackman

Spokesperson, ADOW


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