Gay Rodeos - No Fun for Animals

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Gay Rodeos - No Fun for Animals

[Ed. Note: Gay rodeos are more prevalent around the country than you might imagine. These rodeos have gay humans promoting and participating in the abuse of animals for "entertainment." Search online for "gay rodeo" and prepare to be horrified at the number. ALL rodeos treat their animal "participants" cruelly. Please watch Rodeo People Love Animals???]

From LGBT Compassion: Fighting Oppression and Discrimination for All
April 2011

Disclaimer: though we realize that "traditional" rodeos are well documented to be extremely cruel and corrupt and we also campaign against them, "gay" rodeo is a subject close to gay animal advocates because members of our own community are responsible, because it reflects poorly on us, and because it's easier to put a stop to.

Animals used by the gay rodeo are docile animals who don't naturally buck or enjoy being chased, ridden and wrestled by strangers. They are at risk for injury and death, and there was at least one fatally-injured steer at a Minnesota Gay Rodeo, according to Mercy for Animals. Bay Area Gay Rodeo organizers even brag about the pain and stress they cause, formerly stating on their website, "...the unpredictable bull is known to come looking for the rider when the ride is completed."

In the bucking events, animals are forced to violently jump and twist through the use of painful "bucking straps," spurs, and other techniques and devices (including electric prods and beatings in "traditional" rodeos, such as our local Rowell Ranch rodeo).

In the "calf-roping events," baby animals run for their lives as they are chased by men or women on horseback.

In the "goat dressing" event, animals are restrained and have their hind legs roughly and quickly jerked up to have panties forced onto them.

In "chute dogging" (or "steer wrestling"), animals' heads are violently twisted until they are forced to the ground.

Confused and frightened animals are trucked into the unfamiliar rodeo grounds and kept in small stalls, then forced into performing for our amusement and profit. Then, many of them are destined to go on to a frightening and painful death at a slaughterhouse.

Gay Rodeo has stricter rules than "traditional" rodeo (e.g., it requires break-away ropes in the calf-roping events), but much of the same cruelty is still inherent (as described above), and it's been well-documented that traditional rodeos routinely don't follow or enforce their own rules.

As another group who has experienced oppression and abuse, let's show some respect and compassion for others who are weaker than us, and not harm them unnecessarily. Instead, let's use our creativity to re-define "Gay Rodeo" as a fun Country-Western-themed event without involving animals. There are already many fun events prior to the actual rodeo.

Disclaimer: though we realize that "traditional" rodeos are well documented to be extremely cruel and corrupt and we also campaign against them, "gay" rodeo is a subject close to gay animal advocates because members of our own community are responsible, because it reflects poorly on us, and because it's easier to put a stop to.