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The Animals
The Facts
The Campaign
The Events
The 2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) is planning to bring animal cruelty into the Olympics!
Rodeo promoters say that the animals are wild and rough, but without the use of spurs, tail-twisting, and bucking straps cinched tightly around their abdomen and groin, these frightened and often docile animals wouldn't even buck. They are terrorized into action when men shove electric prods into them, twist their necks, yank them by their tails or legs, slam them to the ground, or otherwise batter them. The fact that most of these innocent animals are eventually destined for the slaughterhouse in no way justifies compounding their agony along the way.
Complaints about rodeos are forwarded to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), which sends the complainant a "soothing" letter saying that PRCA's "humane rules" protect the animals. Actually, these rules are worthless; they are rarely enforced, and when they are, the fines imposed on the cowboys are so small as to be meaningless in comparison to the big prize money being vied for.
Often, the animals' injuries are internal. Dr. C.G. Haber, a veterinarian who worked for 30 years as a meat inspector in slaughterhouses, saw scores of animals discarded from rodeos and sent to slaughter. Toughened as he was to animal suffering, the condition of animals from rodeos sickened him. He described them as "so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached (to the flesh) were the head, neck, leg, and belly. ... I have seen animals," he said, "with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times, puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as two to three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin. Bullfights are merciful compared to rodeos.
AFA along with every other International animal protection organization , is working to put an end to the rodeo an abusive spectacle that has no place in a civilized society.
It's time that rodeo cowboys and promoters realize , that their coverups arent working to good.... An AFA insider who had a chance to talk with promoters from a Pro Rodeo event , brought back no answers from the interview. "When I asked about prods , and bucking straps , they just went quiet , they had no clue what to say without saying it like it is."
AFA Rodeo investigations have shown sad , sick , and broken animals , begging for a break. Read more about AFA's campaign , and history , by clicking here.
AFA Reports
To learn more about how animals suffer in rodeos, read AFA's  Rodeo Factsheet.
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