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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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Don't support rodeos, abuse of animals

Published in BUFFALO NEWS on 3/6/03:

I'll never forget the terrified look in the bull's eyes. That horrible night I spent "behind the scenes" at a rodeo has come back to haunt me because another rodeo is due in town. I'm an animal advocate who feels obliged to do her homework before she speaks out.

Therefore, I wanted to see as much as possible what happens to rodeo animals. I believe what I saw that night was cruelty.

I stood nearby as rodeo folks walked among the calm bulls. As show time neared, they tried to get one of the bulls into the area near the chute. The bull resisted, scrunching into the corner. His eyes teared, his nose an and the bull urinated and defecated. He rotated his head as if searching for a way out. His eyes rolled.

The cowboys rammed the bull's sides with poles, but he wouldn't move. They twisted his tail furiously. A cowboy got up on the railings, ramming his spur into the head and along the back of the animal. Finally, the bull shot forward, frantic to escape his tormentor. But there was no escape. A rough rope was tied around his flank area. The rider jumped on, the flank rope was yanked and the bull's rear legs almost collapsed to the ground. Show time! The crowd roared as the bull with rider bolted into the arena.

Rodeo web sites list spurs, flank straps and hotshots (electric prods) as their tools. At a time when we should be trying to eliminate violence in our lives, why spend entertainment dollars on events where animals are subjected to such loathsome devices?

Valerie Will

Orchard Park


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