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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Rodeos are harmful to animals' health

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS, 8/13/02:  

Unfortunately, rodeo season is here.  It's hard for anyone with brains and heart to not see what's wrong with sharply lassoing a baby animal, then body-slamming him to the ground, tying his legs so he cannot move.  Baby calves feel terror and pain exactly as any other vertebrate baby, including humans.  Calves are subjected to electric prodding and tail-twisting to enrage and terrorize them while they wait in the chute.

If the animals can breathe after roping, the babies cry pitifully, as you would expect.  Injuries include separation of the skull from the neck, broken bones, hemorrhaging and death by choking.

Several cities have passed ordinances that effectively ban rodeos.  

Rodeos teach children domination and cruelty.  Is it really worth an hour's diversion to contribute to society's brutal side?

Kiley Blackman


The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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