The Rodeo is an American tradition that has been sewed in most of our hearts and lives, and as society changes the views on it also change. It’s a place where thousands gather to watch cowboys and cowgirls take on their events. The events test their heart, skill, and bravery which seems to be easy to these groups of athletes. The Rodeo is a very controversial topic, and not all agree on it. Animal Rights Activist fight to say that the animals are in danger and that it is inhumane to use them this way. With my studies I have found the animals are just as willing and excited as the athletes their self. For the animals and the athletes the Rodeo is a way of life that they love.
Anyone who has been to a rodeo remembers the pride they felt when the banners and flags were ridden around the arena on sprinting horses and the flags settled in the center for the “Star Spangled Banner”. Rodeos are a part of American culture especially in the western portion of the country which came to existence because of cowboys and farmers. The days of horse breaking and cattle roundings are remembered and honored by the sport of rodeo in which human athletes as well as animal athletes work together on a common goal of being the best. Rodeos got off to a bumpy start as cowboys tried to make a living by solely competing in rodeos as the demand for hard working cowboys slowly died. The Rodeo Association of America (now the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) was created in 1929 and in 1935 the Cowboy Turtle Association (now the Rodeo Cowboys Association) was created. Since the birth of organized rodeo rules and regulations have been continually implemented to protect the wellbeing of contestants and animals. Many organizations have tried to bring a halt to the sport of rodeo claiming its abuse to animals. Such organizations have included Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), the Humane Society of United States, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)....
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