Urge Reno Rodeo to Stop Cruel Practices

Target: The Reno Rodeo

Goal: To prohibit rodeo employees from using cruel practices against rodeo animals

Shocking footage has recently been released of various Reno Rodeo employees mistreating animals through the use of ‘jerk downs’ which involve roping young calves around the neck and then jerking the rope backwards. This practice brutally jerks the animal onto its back by yanking on its neck with such strong force that can sometimes cause its neck to break. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, or PRCA, has prohibited jerk downs from being used in rodeos for the 2012 season.

In the video clips, rodeo members are seen jerking down several calves. One appears to break one of its hind legs, hobbling and attempting to run, while members don’t appear to take any action to help it. The other calf appears to break its neck and is then loaded into a pickup truck to be taken away. These practices should be stopped for the sake of the welfare of these poor animals used purely for entertainment.

Watch the video here.

Another issue with this rodeo group is its use of electrical shocks on horses. Often, the horse will neglect to leave its stall before having to ‘perform’ and the electric shocks are a way of encouraging them to buck their riders off. This practice is inhumane because it is essentially torturing and hurting these animals to get them to perform.

Please urge the Reno Rodeo to discontinue the use of these methods in their rodeo shows. It is one thing to have animals used as a spectacle for human entertainment, but having to torture them into performing is just a form of added cruelty. Sign this petition and announce your opposition to this group and its practices of animal cruelty.


Dear Members of the Reno Rodeo,

I would like to ask you to better regulate your employees and prevent the use of both electric shocks and ‘jerk downs.’ Recent video footage has been publicized showing the torture of horses and calves purely for human entertainment. It is unfair that you are forcing these animals to perform in the first place, but when you have to hurt and possibly seriously injure them to do it, it is just pure cruelty.

While the rodeo has long been a form of entertainment for people, it does not mean that it is right to hurt innocent animals. If you can’t prevent these animals from having to perform, you could at least make sure that you avoid causing unnecessary harm to them.

I urge you to reconsider the methods that you are using, and have higher standards for your employees and rodeo shows.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Laszlo Ilyes

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