Target: Keith Smith, CEO of the Boyd Gaming Corporation
Goal: Get the Boyd Gaming Corp. to prevent abusive steer-tripping events from being included in the upcoming National Finals Rodeo
The Boyd Gaming Corporation may allow cruel and abusive steer-tripping events into the upcoming National Finals Rodeo being held this December at their Las Vegas Orleans Arena. In a steer-tripping event, a rodeo contestant on horseback pursues a steer at high speed, lassos the animal about its neck, then jerks it to the ground, an act of stunning violence that can snap the steer’s spine, causing instant death. This is not an event that can be condoned by a caring society, and we must demand that Boyd Gaming Corp not allow it into the National Finals Rodeo.
Aside from instant death, steer-tripping can also hurt animals by causing torn tendons and ligaments, severe rope burns, and dislocated and broken bones which may cause the animals to be euthanized. At a recent Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, a steer died after having its neck broken during a steer-tripping event. Animals should not be subjected to such cruel and dangerous acts, especially for entertainment and profit.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge the Boyd Gaming Corporation to not allow steer-tripping events into the National Finals Rodeo this December.
Dear Mr. Smith,
You must do the right thing and not allow sadistic steer-tripping events into the National Finals Rodeo being held this December at your Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The animals involved will face the risk of death, the likelihood of injury, and the certitude of mental anguish and terror. The National Finals Rodeo can still be profitable and entertaining without steer-tripping events. You do not need them.
Like me, many current and former members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, like ProRodeo Hall of Famer Bob Thain, are opposed to the inclusion of steer-tripping events in professional rodeos due to their violent and inhumane nature. Steer-tripping as a professional contest is also less esteemed by rodeo contestants and spectators alike. No one wants to see a steer break its neck. The National Finals Rodeo is incredibly popular, having sold out some 270 performances in a row, attracting the most talented rodeo cowboys as well as numerous passionate fans; the event will continue to thrive and entertain even with the exclusion of contemptible and unnecessary steer-tripping events.
I am urging you to omit cruel and abusive steer-tripping events from the National Finals Rodeo this December. Please do the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
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