Target: Ramiro Zuniga, owner of Fiesta Night Club
Goal: Cancel annual rodeo event due to its inherent danger to the bulls and their riders.
For the past few years, the Fiesta Night Club in Passaic, NJ has hosted an bull riding event. The club owner, Ramiro Zuniga, came up with the idea as a way to celebrate Mexican culture in order to attract some of the 17,000 Passaic residents of Mexican heritage. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to celebrate one’s culture, there is something wrong with exploiting live animals and endangering human lives for entertainment.
The Fiesta Night Club rodeo features bull riding, a sport notorious not only for its danger to the riders but for the cruelty inflicted upon the bulls. In addition to undergoing the stress and confusion caused by brights lights and screaming spectators, the animals are often shocked with electric prods and poked with sharp spurs to elicit the desired bucking behavior the sport is known for. Such wild, unpredictable behavior from a dazed and/or injured bull can cause serious danger to its rider, which was the case just this past week at Fiesta’s latest rodeo event. Two bull riders were rushed to the hospital after being seriously injured. While there has not yet been an update on their condition, it is safe to say that they are lucky to have escaped with their lives.
This sport is a danger to humans and animals alike, and it should be condemned rather than celebrated. It is time that the Fiesta Night Club permanently end this event before an innocent animal or rider is irreversibly maimed, crippled, or killed.
Dear Mr. Zuniga,
I believe that your intentions for hosting a rodeo are good. I believe that you are bringing fun and excitement to the people of Passaic and giving the city’s Mexican-American population a chance to celebrate their heritage and culture. However, while the time and effort that you have invested in hosting these rodeos is admirable, I am deeply concerned about the nature of the rodeos themselves.
Rodeos are infamous for inflicting cruelty to animals. This cruelty may be obvious abuse, such as using electric prods and spurs, or more subtle, like subjecting an unsuspecting animal to the chaos and discomfort of a loud, confusing environment. Many people find the results of this abuse entertaining because they are unaware of, or perhaps apathetic toward the mistreatment involved. Nonetheless, animal cruelty is animal cruelty, and it should not be condoned in any sense.
I understand that the history of rodeos is deeply entrenched in Mexican culture, but that does not justify endangering the well-being of the rodeo’s participants, whether they be animal or human. The recent, serious injuries sustained by two of your rodeo’s bull riders should be a wake-up call. It is time to bring this rodeo to a permanent end.
I sincerely hope that you will do what is right. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Mexico’s rich history and culture without harming animals. Please consider hosting only cruelty-free, animal-free entertainment from now on.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Michael D. Martin