Images of a cowboys on horseback come to mind when we hear the word “rodeo.” In fact, rodeos did grow out of the methods cowboys once used to herd cattle to slaughterhouses. Roping and wrestling cattle to manage a herd were common activities. The rodeo tradition began in Spain and Mexico and eventually came to the United States and other parts of the world. Today, the skills the cowboys once demonstrated in moving herds have been turned into the spectacle of the rodeo involving cowboys, and cowgirls in some cases, competing for vast amounts of money while deliberately hurting, permanently injuring, and even killing animals.
Types of Rodeos
Types of Abuse and Injuries
Life on the Circuit
While most of us are aware of the types of rodeos that exist, few may realize there are a variety of horse races that are considered part of the rodeo circuit. The following are three examples of races that can kill or injure animal performers.
Laws Governing Rodeos
There are a wide variety of laws governing the rights of animals in rodeos around the world. Every jurisdiction has a right to enact laws that are fitting for its locale. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands have banned rodeos outright. In the United States, rodeo is the official state sport in Wyoming and Texas. Other countries where rodeo is still a big sport are Canada, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Spain.
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