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Originally Posted: 25 July 2009
End Children’s Goat Tying Rodeo Event
Please write/email the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District and ask them to discontinue this cruel event, for the sake of the animals as well as the children. This mistreatment of animals sends the wrong
message to the children involved - it desensitizes them to animal cruelty and suffering.
Rita Shue, General Manager
Members of the Board
Hayward Area Recreation & Park District
1099 E Street
Hayward, CA 94541
phone (510) 881-6710
fax (510) 888-5758
The Hayward Junior Rodeo takes place at the Rowell Ranch in Hayward, California on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 & 2, beginning each day at 9:00 a.m.
This rodeo is for children ages 6 through 18, and will feature 19 different events. Of particular concern are the calf roping, bull riding, and goat tying events.
Goat tying is especially traumatic for the animals. A young goat is tethered at one end of the arena. A child on horseback gallops to the goat, dismounts, then throws and ties the hapless and terrified animal. Sometimes the horse runs right over the goat. (Click here to see video on YouTube.)
Goat tying has absolutely nothing to do with life on a working ranch. It's basic rodeo training prior to graduation to calf roping. The Rowell Ranch rodeo policy allows each goat to be thrown and tied a total
of five times per day. And how long before a child gets a hoof in the eye? At the very least, it's bad parenting to allow a child to take part in such a potentially lethal event. Some would call it child endangerment. We call it cruelty to animals - and child endangerment.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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