Target: Scott Jenkins, Chair, Utah Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing
Goal: Support a ban on violent horse tripping and roping in Utah.
Horse tripping, or the process of catching a horse’s legs in a rope in order to throw them to the ground, may soon become illegal in Utah. One politician has proposed a measure to ban the practice, which will be heard by the state’s Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing. If successful, tripping, as well as roping, a popular rodeo event in which two mounted men lasso a horse’s neck and legs in order to bring it down, will become a misdemeanor offense.
Both tripping and roping can be extremely frightening to animals, particularly in a rodeo setting with a roaring crowd and a time limit. The force with which the animals are brought to the ground can cause severe injuries such as fractures to the legs and neck of the animals. Sometimes, animals become paralyzed due to spinal injuries or have their tracheas severed, resulting in death. So far, 13 states have banned horse roping and tripping for entertainment purposes.
While opponents of the measure say that it will place an undue burden on rodeos, and could even cause their closure, similar measures in other states have caused no such problems. Though the cruel practice of roping and tripping is illegal in states like Texas, Kansas, and Arizona, their rodeo traditions continue.
The tripping and roping of horses is a cruel and outdated practice and should not be used as a form of entertainment any longer. If the measure is successful, thousands of animals each year will be spared the pain and fear of this spectacle. Sign the petition below to show your support for a ban on horse roping and tripping.
Dear Mr. Scott Jenkins,
Utah is currently considering a ban on horse roping and tripping, the cruel act of lassoing an animal’s legs and neck in order to throw them to the ground. This cruel and outdated practice can cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and severed tracheas, sometimes resulting in death.
So far, 13 other states have successfully banned roping and tripping without threatening the longevity of traditional rodeos. In consideration for the welfare of thousands of animals involved in this spectacle annually, this outdated practice should be banned immediately. We, the undersigned, ask that you pass a ban on the roping and tripping of horses.
[Your Name Here]
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