Junior English Period 3
March 30 2015 Rodeo Cruelty
Animal cruelty or family entertainment?
Rodeo has been a part of western traditions in America for over 300 years, ever since the Spanish
Cowboys first introduced the sport on American ranches. Most of the general public does not view rodeo as a form of animal cruelty because it has been developed into an “American” sport for many years. However, forget the myth of rodeo as AllAmerican sport, modern rodeos are cruel and deadly. Animal cruelty laws need to be changed in order to ban rodeos in the United states to stop cruelty, death and entertainment of rodeo animals.
Cruelty means inflicting pain and causing suffering. Animal cruelty is a nationwide problem rapidly growing in todays society. Animals are being beaten and starved everyday and millions of helpless animals die each year because of heartless owners. There are many forms of animal cruelty, some of the most common forms are animal testing , abandonment, and mistreatment. All animals, including humans, have the ability to experience pain. Unfortunately, humans have tended to be the cause of the pain and suffering on animals without any consideration of how this affects the animals themselves. Many of the rodeos mistreat the animals and provoke and aggravate the animals to show “wild” or “untamed” behavior when in reality the animals only show this behavior because they are terrorized and want to escape the
abuse. Calfs, horses and bulls are all animals used in rodeos. The major problem with Rodeos is the animals usually suffer a traumatizing experience. Many animals endure physical pain like burns, hair loss, rashes and gashes and even emotional pain like depression and anger which is unnatural to them because they are normally tame, goodnatured animals.
Rodeo events showcase events like Calf roping, where a mounted rider ropes and yanks a calf in
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