An MSG rodeo is just plain cruel
From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

An MSG rodeo is just plain cruel

Letter as published on
August 18, 2019

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Madison Square Garden will be hosting a rodeo next year, even though these cruel, vicious events have been banned or restricted all over; how shameful that MSG welcomes them.

Since the rodeo crowd defends this blatant animal abuse as Americana, can we assume we will be seeing black people in chains — another sad aspect of Americana — at this event? Will we also look forward to seeing little children laboring in unhealthy, unsafe sweatshop-like conditions — also part of Americana — at the Garden? Of course not; we won’t see any of those American “traditions” — only the horrific forced bucking of otherwise peaceful bulls and horses, thugs yanking steers’ heads by the horns, chasing frightened sheep and slamming them down to tie their legs up, and other atrocities done to those who can’t complain. Americana changed for everyone but those who have no voice.

Animals have died during these events. If they did this to dogs and cats, rodeo people would be charged with abuse offenses. Unfortunately, old laws exempt farm animals from most cruelty statutes. But decent people will not attend this monstrosity; decent people will stand up to rodeo cowards and say no! We reject harming sentient beings for entertainment. Decent people will look past the Americana pretense and tell rodeo perpetrators to get out of New York City.

Kiley Blackman

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