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
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
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