Shut Down and Investigate Deadly Rodeo

Target: Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

Goal: Shut down the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Show and open an investigation into the causes of death for two horses.

Video footage showing two separate horses careening into a wall during a Texas rodeo show captured the final terrifying moments of both equines’ lives. Both animals were killed in shockingly similar ways, only weeks apart from each other. The rodeo claims that injuries are extremely rare, and that the deaths were not related. However, given the track record of animal abuse at rodeos, and the methods used, which can cause horses to injure themselves, it would seem plausible that more horses could be at risk.

One of the methods used to provoke docile horses into bucking is the use of spur and flank straps which irritate the animal into behaving more “wildly.” As a result, frantic horses may injure themselves seriously, breaking ribs or limbs, puncturing lungs or sustaining other internal damage. Conceivably, a horse might buck without awareness of its surroundings, which possibly could have led to the fatal head-first collisions seen in both videos. However, more information is needed regarding what equipment was used and how the riders and handlers were working with both horses.

Texan officials must intervene and shut down this rodeo until such investigations can be made and changes put in place to prevent future fatalities. Sign this petition to call for justice for these horses.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Price,

The recent incidents at the Fort Worth Stock Show, where two horses recently died, are alarming. The recorded footage for both incidents is disturbing to watch, but reveals that both horses appeared to die in very similar ways within weeks of each other. The rodeo has claimed that such incidents are extremely rare and owes the timing to chance, but more assurances must be made to ensure that the horses at the rodeo show will not be put at risk.

There is a long history of animal abuse in the rodeo circuit, with a variety of methods employed to provoke animals through irritation or pain into bucking or thrashing more for entertainment value. These methods can be harmful to the livestock, and result in a wide variety of serious injuries, from broken bones to ruptured organs.

The city of Fort Worth should be vigilant against such abuse where it may be occurring. These deaths must be investigated or more horses could face the same fate. The rodeo show should not continue until the circumstances surrounding these deaths are known and changes put in place to prevent incidents such as this in the future. I am asking you to intervene on behalf of the animals, who should not have to die for human entertainment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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17 Comments

  1. simon hooper says:

    these are cruel scum and the morons who go to see animals treated like this, I hope these cruel bastards die a slow and painful death utter filth all of them.

  2. This is disgraceful in this day and age! Ok, it’s a custom but that doesn’t mean you can go on abusing animals for the sick amusement of rather dim and brainless humans. Use clowns or entertainment and leave animals out of it. Grow up and join the 21st century!

  3. Kathryn Irby says:

    Shut Down ALL RODEOS!!!! Animals are not Entertainers!!!

  4. What mental midget is so bored to go to a rodeo?? I thought this blatant animal abuse was outlawed years ago like the circus and sea world… Why can’t people be kind caring and a blessing to thier fellow man and every living creature on earth. Let peace start with each person. Being decent.. Simple and easy right? Please stop animal abusers especially bring light to the abuse that is accepted like imbecilic rodeos.

    • Its people like you that don’t understand the way of life of the American Cowboy and the Heritage of the West. I’m not sure if your willing or capable. Because if you can’t understand that these fatalities were merely accidents and very rare. you probably wouldn’t have made it 100 years ago.

  5. There is NOTHING about rodeos that is NOT cruel. It is truly shocking that people are still so barbaric as to participate in rodeos and to watch this sadistic form of “entertainment”. And it’s horrifying and tragic for the poor animals involved, who all should be rescued from this cruel business.

  6. There is ample opportunity to celebrate the western and cowboy skills without using livestock, such as reining, dressage, barrels and poles, etc. This IS the twenty-first century, and forcing live animals to undergo violent and cruel treatment is simply no longer acceptable. I am a horse and livestock owner and have supported my local rodeos, particularly high school, for years. Now I see there has to be a better way.

  7. I TOTALLY agreed with everyone rodeos are Barbaric and archaic they ALL should be shut down, PERIOD. The rodeos do nothing but toture innocent animals. I live in Arizona and its always close to 100 degrees when the rodeo does its abuse show and it’s too hot to go for a hike w/o all kinds of precautions much less be electric prodded and stabbed with spurs in a hot dirty arena. I always just cringe thinking of the poor animals forced to participate in 100degree heat and they are rented animals from some creep who follows the rodeo people from town to town. The animals are tired and sick and old way before their time. They thirst for water but I have told the animals must wait till the last show before they are given anything to eat or drink if they’re lucky to last that long.

  8. CÓMO PODEMOS SER TAN PRIMITIVOS AÚN???? CÓMO ES QUE ESTO PUEDE ENTRETENER A ALGUIEN???? LOS CRÍMENES SON DIVERTIDOS???? NO, ABSOLUTAMENTE NO. ESTAS ACTIVIDADES ARCAICAS Y QUE PROVIENEN DE LA MISERIA Y LA IGNORANCIA DEL SER HUMANO TIENEN QUE DESAPARECER, ALTO A ESTA BRUTALIDAD, ALTO A ESTA TERRIBLE CRUELDAD QUE SÓLO GENERA VIOLENCIA ENTRE NUESTRAS SOCIEDADES!!! ALTO AL CRIMEN!!!! NO MÁS COLISEOS ROMANOS, ESO FUE PARTE DE NUESTRO VERGONZOSO Y EQUIVOCADO PASADO!!!

  9. All u city slickers think that all of the animals are getting hurt they aren’t, there’s this thing Called an ACCIDENT. Let’s say your a bronc rider like I em, the bronc rider is in more danger then the horse is my and same goes with bull riding my friend almost died in the chute! And the animal is only down for 8 seconds and I’m betting you that those rodeo animals are way rugger then YOU GUYS. and also I want pass down my rodeo heritage down to my kids and if you guys shut down Rodeo It will BREAK MY HEART cause rodeo has been around for 100s of years and it’s even in your ancestors. I HOPE YOU TAKE CONSIDERATION IN NOT TAKING RODEO OUT cause you know what everyone loves rodeo except for the people who don’t have a life. Or like seeing animals getting road on. And if you guys don’t like rodeo then don’t listen to all the accidents!

  10. Rodeos and circuses all need to be shut down. People are sick and tired of the unregulated animal abuse. Start prosecuting these people!

  11. All these rodeo animals love what they do. They are treated far better than all the cats and dogs that are held in captivity in a small yard or worse yet an apartment. Don’t pass judgement when most of you are far crueler than any cowboy.

  12. END THE CRUEL RODEOS NOW , GREAT ANIMALS DIE FOR THIS NOW.

  13. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    maybe the school in redondo beach didnt have rodeo but i have never attended rodeos. rodeos are no worse than riding horses and all forms of animal entertainments are cruel especially eating animals.

  14. You shutdown rodeo then shut down killing animals for food same shit when your sitting there eating a steak or hamburger it’s from killing animals but that’s OK cuz your stuffing your fuming mouths same with deer hunting shut it down people just look at shit to cry about an stop somebody hobby bullshit already

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