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The Rodeo is coming to Portland. Yuck!

Please join IDA next month to protest the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Classic which will be taking place at the Rose Garden. Let's send them a message that the rodeo doesn't belong in Portland, or anywhere in this day and age!

You may wonder, what's wrong with this fine American tradition? Well, read on...
Please join IDA next month to protest the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Classic which will be taking place at the Rose Garden. Let's send them a message that the rodeo doesn't belong in Portland, or anywhere in this day and age!

You may wonder, what's wrong with this fine American tradition? Well, read on...

Electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. The flank or "bucking" strap or rope used to make horses and bulls buck is tightly cinched around their abdomens, which causes the animals to "buck vigorously to try to rid themselves of the torment," which is what the rodeo promoters want the animals to do in order to put on a good show for the crowds. The flank strap, when paired with spurring, causes the animals to buck even more violently, often resulting in serious injuries. Former animal control officers have found burrs and other irritants placed under the flank strap. In addition, the flank strap can cause open wounds and burns from when the hair is rubbed off and the skin is chafed raw.

Standard rodeo events include calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback horse and bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, and barrel racing. The animals used in rodeos are captive performers. Most are relatively tame but understandably distrustful of human beings because of the harsh treatment that they have received. Many of these animals are not aggressive by nature; they are physically provoked into displaying "wild" behavior to make the cowboys look brave.

There is a high risk of injuries and deaths of animals used in rodeos. And although rodeo cowboys voluntarily risk injury by participating in events, the animals they use have no such choice.

For more information about joining us in protesting the rodeo, please contact Doreen at:  doreen_norton@yahoo.com. Or contact In Defense of Animals at: 503-249-9996


What: Wrangler Pro Rodeo Classic
Where: The Rose Garden
When: February 18 - 7:15 PM
February 19 - 7:15 PM
February 20 - 1:15 PM

phone: phone: 503-249-9996

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Humans Act Worse than Animals 17.Jan.2005 14:03

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There is nothing civilized about rodeo, which is just another form of bread and circuses. Neither is there anything civilized about the use on animals in main stream circuses. The use (or abuse, I should say) of animals goes back to the days of Rome when as many as four thousand animals would be slaughtered a day. (You didn't think they let the lions live after eating the Christians, did you?) Even Plutarch critized the wanton slaughter of animals in the colisum as leading to the endangerment of several rare species of African cat - and this was two thousand years ago!

Boycott all forms of entertainment that use captive animals! Instead patronize such non-animal using theatrical circus troops such as Cirque du Solieh and Cirque Flamboue.

I would never protest 20.Jan.2005 10:40

I love Rodeo's

Rodeo dates back in time and is a way of life that requires hardwork and determination. I have been to thousands of rodeos and saftey is always a big concern. Saftey for the animals and cowboys and cowgirls. The animals are always taken care of and respected for their abilities. Also the animals love this. Horses want to compete..there is proof. Their excitement and energy show it! Also the bulls are raised for this. It is in their blood and they are born to be athletes! I would ask you to go to the rodeo to enjoy it..not protest such an awesome sport!

Rodeos are out of date and out of fashion 21.Jan.2005 14:13

Susan Stelljes

Just because Rodeos are part of the culture of the West doesn't mean that they have a place in modern society. There are other pursuits for humans and animals that don't have to result in injury to either. That holds true for zoos, circuses and other venues where animals are forced to entertain.