RODEOS are ANIMAL CRUELTY, ABUSE, and
You don't believe that, do you? Why not look at the proof?
What do I know about rodeos? You can figure it out - I've been to one
rodeo in my entire life.
"Ignorant" is my first and last name - no denials from me.
But I know what I see when I see
Because of TV, the internet, thanks to streaming videos, photos, and
search engines, I've seen enough to write this article.
I wasn't at
the World Trade Center in New York City the day of 9/11.
I wasn't in New Orleans
when Hurricane Katrina struck.
I wasn't in Oklahoma City when the bombing
took place, either.
Sometimes you just don't have to be there
All the rodeo people claim "RODEO IS A SPORT!"
"Rodeo" is a "sport"?
are for willing participants.
Rodeo is sanctioned animal abuse - for money.
This isn't a
personalized article. I'm certain that a lot of rodeo cowboys are
some of the nicest, most decent guys in the world.
I'm also certain
they belong to organizations that have only one real purpose: cash.
That puts the decent,
ethical cowboys into a precarious situation.
this ..... see "How The West Was Won!"
Every good American should watch it.
If I look like a moron, you better take another look.
The rodeo bulls and horses
are supposed to be "wild".
They're not "wild" at all - they're wearing
flank straps, and being shocked with Hot Shots - electric shockers - which
these cowboys try to hide.
Q: Why do the
try to hide the Hot Shots?
A: Because they're prohibited by the "rules", and they
know that Hot Shots are prohibited in the stalls.
anyone hide something that's approved? It's all on video.
Livestock are stabbed with pens and wires, hit, kicked, punched, and whipped.
Tails pulled, bent, and raked.
That's all on video, too.
What about calf
roping? Well, it's no longer called "calf roping" - now it's known as
"tie-down roping" - that sounds so much better to the public.
Regardless of the wording, the activity is exactly the same: BABY
calves (that's correct: babies, approximately 3 months old, who
should still be nursing from their mothers) are subjected to the most
inhumane treatment imaginable.
Watch some videos and see for yourself.
Watch some necks snapped, watch some backs broken.
Watch them haul dead calves out of the arena
on sleds. The calves barely weigh more than the "cowboys" who torture
Real WORKING cowboys - not these fake, dressed up "rodeo cowboys" who are
in it for the cash - would never treat livestock the way you're going to
see in the videos. All of their livestock is valuable, and cruelty
isn't a part of raising livestock.
There is no question that
livestock is raised to supply food: good, bad, or on the fence, livestock ends
up dead stock in your local supermarkets and restaurants.
The issue of abuse and cruelty comes when the animals are forced to perform
for entertainment. Read that again: they're being FORCED to perform.
Large amounts of CASH are involved.
Entertainment puts money in many people's pockets, while the animals
are maimed, injured, and killed.
Learn something about
Learn more - now they're
you can even buy a saddle with the shock built right in
Without electric shock, rodeo would not
Why do they buck?
Fear, torture, and pain.
for yourself - the cowboys are so slick, the Hot Shot is immediately hidden
- tucked in a pocket right after
the horse or bull leaves the stall.
Go watch the videos of horses being
shocked in the face.
You're not afraid, are you?
Then go see the proof with your own eyes.
website will clarify any doubts
you might have with more video proof than anyone needs.
The first few videos
had little effect on me, so my initial reaction was, "This is an isolated
instance. This doesn't happen all the time. Those "PETA people"
are at it again."
Why should I (or
you?) pay attention to someone who seems to be anti-rodeo?
that's a biased, one sided opinion, the voice of one of those "animal
That's what I FIRST thought. Then I watched
some more. Then I started
After 50 or 60 more videos, plus pages of documentation,
police reports, uninvolved veterinarian reports, and more research, the facts
became more obvious - this is NOT an "isolated
How about a few large animal veterinarians?
Maybe it's time for you to read. Why do
uninvolved veterinarian's autopsy reports mention over two gallons of free blood
under the skin of livestock, up to 8 ribs broken off at the spine, punctured
lungs, legs broken in several places?
Are they anti-rodeo, or are they just
large animal veterinarians, reporting their autopsy findings?
Rodeo is FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY! Bring the kids!
have a look for yourself
- does this
look like fun to you?
What's the most
sensitive area on your body? Probably near your genital area.
where the flank strap goes? Did I just claim on genitals?
No - I stated "NEAR" genitals - in the area.
Think it feels good for a 290 pound
tighten it up until you're leaping around trying to get it off?
try it? Try a Hot Shot, too. Would you mind writing me and
telling me how much you liked the experience?
I'd be interested to
hear from you. My email address is steve at sl-prokeys dot com
According to the
"rules", the flank straps are fleece lined to "protect" the animal.
have I seen bleeding wounds in several videos after the flank strap was
Why don't you click the
link and READ the "rules"?
If you watch one or more videos, would you kindly tell me if the "rules" are
Are horses, bulls,
and cows predators? No - they're prey animals - they run away from danger.
Fighting is their very last option - it's called survival behavior.
But there's nowhere to run at a rodeo. They're confined in stalls which
are barely larger than they are - then they're abused to make them
"perform" for the crowd's amusement.
sellout crowds ....
They "perform" because of fear
and pain - they're not wild.
Go watch some videos - why does all the
kicking and bucking stop when the flank strap is loosened?
supposed to be "wild" animals, aren't they?
Why are video cameras
prohibited at rodeos?
Shock devices aren't
all "little black boxes", which can be hidden
in an instant. Have a look.
Let's take a few
minutes, and look at two other videos
At that link are three videos. The first has to do with a bull goring
a horse that subsequently died. If you don't mind, let's skip that one for now, you can come
back later and watch it if you like. Let's ignore all the text on that
Let's try to
focus on some facts about Hot Shots.
down that page are two more videos - these are the ones which I
believe will illustrate some very important facts.
I think you
will see for yourself that many of the rodeo claims are
sensational - but the videos prove that the horses will NOT
buck without the Hot Shot and other forms of physical pain.
These two videos illustrate the results of an
State Court Order
electric shock in the stalls.
The official rodeo "rules"
prohibit exactly the same thing. Why is a Court Order
The only difference here, is
that the State has become active in enforcing that "rule".
This is proof that the rodeo cowboys and associations cannot
regulate themselves, they require a Court Order to regulate them.
So let's go watch these "wild buckin' broncos"
together, and see
for ourselves what happens. Please return here when you've seen the videos.
Rodeos - and those
who support them - are criminals
That includes everyone:
participants, organizers, advertisers, sponsors,
entertainers, large corporations, and
government taxpayer's subsidies.
They're supporting and promoting ANIMAL ABUSE
for profit and entertainment.
If you haven't met
you have a real treat coming. You definitely don't want to miss
Rodeo Eddie is a
logical, articulate, intelligent spokesman for the entire rodeo industry.
isn't the official spokesperson for the PRCA yet, he certainly ought to
Rodeo Eddie is a true Cheyenne Western Rodeo Cowboy!
RODEO EDDIE video 1
- RODEO EDDIE video 2
- RODEO EDDIE video 3
Rodeo livestock contractors tend to NOT end the suffering of injured livestock for a number of reasons.
1) An injured but ambulatory animal can still be
Veterinarian and euthanasia to put an animal to sleep costs money.
A euthanized carcass can not be sold for
4) A downed animal, left to die on its own, can result
in an insurance claim payment.
If euthanasia is chosen, there will be no insurance payment, as the
owner elected to euthanize the animal.
Livestock contractors can benefit financially if a livestock animal is injured, and they do nothing.
If the animal is severely injured, it's no good for making more
rodeo money with, logically it follows that it's as good as dead
anyway, so make every last dime possible from it. Look at the
above list again:
Sometime in the
1990s, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania passed a law. The law did not prohibit
It prohibited shock devices, flank straps, and spurs.
research has shown that there hasn't been a rodeo in Pittsburgh ever since.
Should rodeos be
banned? I say NO. There are many legitimate and decent ways to entertain people
without abuse and cruelty.
Should the "rulebooks" be fully
rewritten and enforced? I say YES - absolutely.
wake up and see that behind all the propaganda, coverups, and lies, rodeo - as we know it
today - exists purely on fear, pain, abuse, and panic in the livestock animals.
a lot of CASH.
PROPAGANDA will you
(11/29/07), I spent
over two hours on the phone with a professional rodeo cowboy - he invited me
to call, and I did. (NOTE: he is NOT "Rodeo Eddie"
mentioned above.) It was a
very civilized conversation between two adults with entirely different views.
It was also a complete waste of time, I'm sorry to say. In his
message, he included two links to watch him ride at rodeos. I
watched them, but somehow, I wasn't too impressed.
repeatedly stated that the conversation was going far over my head with
all the endless details - details which
were not germane in any way to the rodeo issue. The
"details" had almost nothing at all to do with animal abuse.
I freely admit I'm in over my head if the discussion contains super
technical details of a subject which I never claimed to know much about.
If we're going to discuss rodeo and abuse, why talk about
pitbull hog dogs?
Why talk about protection dog sports? I didn't know there were hog dogs in rodeos. A simple
way to prevail in any discussion is to bring in unrelated subjects.
"Baffle 'em into blindness!" That works real well when the
dialogue is completely controlled by one person, and the other person
can't get in one word for 15 minutes.
I listened for
well over an hour to lengthy stories about pitbulls, the cost of bulls, trailers, our
unsung American heroes - the livestock providers, trucks, real
cowboys, who breeds
the best bulls, hog dogs, money, hogs, on and on and on.
The cowboy sure
had a lot to say. I didn't get much opportunity to speak, because
the cowboy was running the conversation, and obviously loves the sound
of his own voice.
I'll say this as politely as possible: I don't
really care too much about raising livestock, or the millions of
technical details that pertain to it. I have no interest in his hog catching
dogs, or wasting 110 minutes discussing everything except animal
Maybe this article isn't clear to cowboys. It's
about rodeos and cruelty and abuse of livestock. It's
not about pitbulls and how they catch hogs, horses, chickens, or
alligators. If I'm not making myself perfectly clear, I apologize
to the entire world.
If you're on
your toes, you probably know that the cowboy's "theme song" was YES -
animal abuse does exist in the violent "sport" of "rodeo" -
BUT - only in about 1% of all events. The cowboy blamed
everything but soap bubbles and lightbulbs for that. If he
had 100 fingers, they'd be pointing in 100 different directions.
Sorry - I won't
buy that. I'd like to see valid statistics. Maybe it's
actually 2% - or 16% - or 89%. I'd like to know how many livestock
animals died in 2006 because of rodeo. I'm curious how
many ended up in the slaughterhouse? I'd like to see
facts from someone who is NOT on the payroll of the rodeo in any way.
Facts - not propaganda.
version of facts tried to convince me that animal rights people attend
rodeos and film what goes on in the pens, hoping to catch that "1%" of
abuse on video, while the other 99% are not abusive in any way, shape,
If that's true, I can imagine trucks full of video tapes which all show exemplary, non-abusive behavior from any
and all of the cowboys. All those tapes would be worthless for proving animal
That's quite an investment in time, money, and videotape.
The cowboy's explanation illustrated you could go to 100 different
rodeos, and only see one violation of the "rules" - and probably not even
one. That's as absurd as going to Washington, DC 100 times, in hopes of
videotaping a neon pink and green American flag! If I seem like a
moron, you better take another look.
the cowboy was fairly honest, at least it seemed so to me. He
didn't deny shocking and abusive, forceful methods to make the animals "perform"
- he logically explained it was sometimes necessary to get a performance
from the livestock or "lose your ride" - which means lose your money -
and we wouldn't want to disappoint the crowd of spectators, because they
spend the money.
Now I understand how to justify
cruelty to livestock: satisfy the audience, and get the money.
But I thought
these animals were "Bred For The Sport!"? I thought the rodeo
people stated this is what they're "Born To Do!" and they "Love
Then why do they have to be forced to do it?
discussed a tool which I'd heard of but never seen: that is the barbed
wire flank rope. But the cowboy made it perfectly clear:
that's only used on rare occasions. That certainly made me
feel much better. I hope it makes the livestock feel better, too.
discussed that when a cowboy is injured at a rodeo, the following day
will usually be a sold out event. We somehow skipped the part
which addresses the dead, crippled, or maimed calves, horses, and steers.
really concerns only
words: animal abuse. I'll cheerfully remove this article from
existence with factual proof that what I've seen is not animal cruelty
and abuse. I will also publicly apologize for my errors - if they
are errors. I'm honorable, a gentleman, and a man of my
word. I will do exactly as I've stated.
I suggested that the best person
for the cowboy to
speak to would be the gentleman who created the
website. Without a doubt, he's far more conversant than I'll
ever be about rodeos. I suggested to the cowboy that he set up an interview
with the website owner, explain the facts, and show him some videos of the real truth about
you think happened? He refused, just like all the cowboys.
It appears they all run the other way when they're given a chance to
speak up, tell the truth, and debate an issue. They're famous for it. Evidence of that can also be found at the
website I refer to.
As anyone can
probably guess, I finally got off the phone following numerous
statements to the effect that I'm some kind of PETA freak. Me?
The same Steve Leigh, who has been training biting dogs for well over 2 decades,
in 4 different countries?
Me? A former dealer for Innotek electric collars? Me?
The same one with a wall full of sleeves, whips, and prong collars?
Those pictures and videos are all over this website.
The cowboys all
play the PETA card if you confront them with reality. This cowboy
obviously couldn't tell the bulls from the horses. And I never
even started on him - I just listened. I have nothing
to do with PETA, and never did. "PETA people" would probably
lynch me if they could!
One problem with
the questions is that the people who represent the rodeos don't want to
answer certain kinds of questions.
That is evasion as far as I'm
As I've already said many times, I haven't seen or heard it all,
so I can only comment on what I have seen and heard.
Most of what
I've heard is public relations propaganda, designed to create an image which
appears, on the surface, to promote a legitimate tradition, a sport for the
family, and the promotion utilizes various tools to achieve that goal:
American flags, singing of the National Anthem, prayers to God, parades, and
other public relations activities which "relax" the public consciously or
activities, along with rodeo announcers who obviously don't have a clue what
"honesty" means, are a "preparation" and a valuable tool to make rodeo fans
look the other way - a distraction, a way to convince people that they are
NOT seeing what they're seeing.
Or, better yet, a distraction to prevent
people from seeing reality.
People can call
it whatever they choose. To me, much of it is propaganda which hides and
minimizes the truth about what really happens to the livestock at
propaganda, claims of thousands of sold out rodeos, justifications, happy, healthy
animals "Bred For The Sport!", "Love To Buck!", denials of abuse,
..... why do my eyes tell me one thing, while the cowboy on the phone
tells me something else?
What do you believe in this world? The
words of a cowboy - or video proof of animal abuse, cruelty, and death?
guess that choice is yours to make.
cut to the chase. The internet is swimming in rodeo animal abuse videos. Who knows how many
examples are online, or are NOT easily available to the public?
Let's be honest - let's take a good look at
the "sport" of RODEO.
Let's watch 3 month old calves
getting their necks broken. Let's watch horses go down and not get up.
Let's watch livestock killed,
maimed, and injured - so the rodeo cowboys can make money.
here is the
Sharkonline video link
May, 2012: there are now over 340 Shark videos online.
you watch them all.
Not all of them concern rodeo.
It may take 15 days, and it will open your eyes forever.