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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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