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Protest Elks Magazine Rodeo Article


From: Sandra Kantor [email protected]

The Elks Magazine is an icon, my parents, uncles are members, but I won't carry on the tradition after this barbaric article is taken so lightly.


Feb 2006 article on 'The Sheridan, Wyoming, Elks Youth Rodeo Rides Again. The rodeo was AUG 27-28, 2005.

The magazine is condoning the rodeo on 5 pages.


-Picture of 5 yr old girl with whip handy just in case her horse shows signs of slackening the pace in a riding contest.

-Another Sentence: Slowly a river of calves snaked into view. The calves didn't know what was about to happen, but the youngsters did.

-Horrible picture of a 16 yr old boy (goat-tying); says dismounts from horse while the horse is still moving, catch the goat, flip it onto its side, and rope any three legs together. The goat is tiny. The boy is big.

-There is no bull riding, no bronc riding, no steer wresting.

Continues with True Grit:

Speed is essential, but so are accuracy, agility, strength, and control. In livestock events, contestants must be able to ride, rope and throw an animal (in this rodeo..a goat) to the ground.

Two 16 year old boys bear down on a steer. One does the horns, the other ropes the back legs.

Calf ropes are made of stiff nylon, making gloves essential equipment at the rodeo.

One more thing: What spectators won't see are "rough stock" events that involve untamed or unbroken animals.

What a horrible message to send out that it is OK for children to do this. The poor animals are trusting.

I am so disgusted with the Elks. They report this cruelty like the kids are at Disney Land.


Re: The Sheridan, Wyoming, Elks Youth Rodeo Rides Again..

E-Mail: General comments and questions: [email protected] 

The article was written by Sara L. Miller, Associate Editor: [email protected] 

Cheryl T. Stachura, Pub/Editor - [email protected] 

Anna L. Idol, Managing Editor: [email protected]

General comments and questions: [email protected] 

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The Elks Magazine
425 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614-6196

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