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Help Pass the Los Angeles City Rodeo Torture Device Ban

Like all sentient creatures, rodeo animals deserve humane treatment. However, currently in Los Angeles, the use of torture devices, such as electric prods, flank straps, and spurs, is commonplace at rodeos. It is also legal. 

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The Ordinance would ban the use of rodeo torture devices that torment animals into performing, making it nearly impossible to hold a rodeo. The L.A. Rodeo Ordinance is modeled after a similar Ordinance that passed in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1992. Pittsburgh is now considered a "blackout city" for rodeos. 

The rodeo industry has been heavily lobbying CouncilMembers to vote against the Ordinance, which is why it is important to voice your support! 



CAMPAIGN TIMELINE

DECEMBER 22, 2021 - L.A. CITY ATTORNEY POSTS PROPOSED RODEO ORDINANCE - PUTTING BILL INTO MOTION

The L.A. City Attorney's office posted the proposed Rodeo Ordinance on the City Council website, officially putting the bill in motion for a vote. The next step is for the Personnel, Audits, and Animal Welfare Committee to vote on the Ordinance. If the vote is favorable, the Ordinance will be referred to the L.A. City Council to be voted on and passed into law.

The newly posted language of the Ordinance reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, operate, or participate in a Rodeo at which any animal is induced or encouraged to perform through the use of any practice or technique, or any chemical, mechanical, electrical, manual device, or other similar device or implement, that will cause, or is likely to cause, physical injury, torment, or suffering. Prohibited devices include, but are not limited to, electric prods or shocking devices, flank or bucking straps, wire tie-downs, sharpened or fixed spurs or rowels, and lariats or lassos". Click here to read the full Ordinance.

 

OCTOBER 2021 - L.A. ANTI-RODEO BILLBOARDS ARE PLACED THROUGHOUT THE CITY

LCA placed 20 billboards around Los Angeles in support of the Rodeo Ordinance that would ban torture devices at rodeos. The billboards feature a bull roped in the mouth with the text "L.A.: Help Ban Torture Devices at the Rodeo" to raise public awareness about the issue.

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 Four of the 20 LCA rodeo billboards placed around Los Angeles during 10/2021

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 - LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL VOTES IN FAVOR OF MOTION TO BAN TORTURE DEVICES AT RODEOS

L.A. City Council unanimously voted in favor of the motion, (File 20-1575),to draft an Ordinance banning the use of inhumane implements in rodeos and rodeo events. The next step is for the City Attorney to draft and then post the Ordinance on the City Councili Website. 

 

FEBRUARY 17, 2021 - LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIIL "PAAW" COMMITTEE MOVES FORWARD TO BAN TORTURE DEVICES AT RODEOS.

Personnel, Audits, and Animal Welfare Committee meeting was held, and a rodeo inhumane implements ban was one of the items on the agenda. The Committee voted in favor of the ban and it will now be referred to City Council to vote on. If City Council votes in favor of the ban motion, it will be referred to the LA City Attorney to draft the official Ordinance. 

The L.A. City Council File # 20-1575, is titled "Inhumane Implements / Electric Prods or Shocking Devices / Flank or Bucking Straps / Wire Tiedowns / Sharpened or Fixed Spurs or Rowels / Prohibition / Rodeo Events" and was put forward in December 2020 by CouncilMember Bob Blumenfield (District 3) and seconded by CouncilMember Mitch O'Farrell (District 13).

 

ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN HELP!

1. Click here to comment, "I support the L.A. Rodeo Device Ban", on the L.A. City Council Website, Council File #20-1575.

2. Contact (write/call/email) your CouncilMember in support of the L.A. Rodeo Ordinance. Click here to find your CouncilMember.

Sample Correspondence

Dear CouncilMember:

I am (writing / calling / emailing) as your Constituent to express my full support for the rodeo inhumane implements ban in the City of Los Angeles. Rodeos are disturbing spectacles of animal cruelty that inflict tremendous suffering on the animals forced to perform.

The City of Los Angeles has always taken a progressive approach to animal welfare and I commend the City Council for approving the motion to draft the Ordinance. Please vote in favor of the final ordinance.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

3. Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of the L.A. Rodeo Ordinance.

4. Click here to sign the petition urging the L.A. City Countil to ban rodeos and rodeo-type activities in the city of Los Angeles.

 


February 8, 2020 - Bull Riding Protest at Los Angeles Staples Center

LCA and a coalition of animal rights groups held a demonstration at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, to protest the Professional Bull Riders' (PBR) exhibition of animal cruelty. The demonstration drew a large crowd of passionate animal advocates to protest the abhorrent cruelty of bull riding - a "sport" that abuses animals for profit. LCA started a petition urging the LA City Council to ban rodeos and rodeo type events in Los Angeles. 

 


July 14, 2019 - Help Ban Cruel Chuckwagon Races in Calgary, Canada

Three horses were euthanized after sustaining serious injuries during the final night of chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede's Rangeland Derby. In total, six horses were killed--making this 10-day event the deadliest in almost a decade!  Click here to sign the petition ugring the Calgary City Countil to ban the cruel chuckwagon races! 

 


 

February 23, 2019 - Bull Riding Protest at Los Angeles Staples Center

LCA, along with actress Donna D'Errico and a coalition of animal rights organizations, protested PBR's (Professional Bull Riders) abhorrent abuse of bulls for profit. The demonstration, which was held at the Staples Center, drew a large crowd of protesters who educated passers-by about the cruelties of bull riding. PBR's Unleash the Beast Tour brought its exhibition of animal cruelty to the Staples Center for the first time ever for their "Iron Cowboy" bull riding competition.

 

             donna derrico and protester       crowd of protesters 2   
             abused animals banner    crowd of protesters

 

 


 

WHAT ARE RODEOS AND RODEO-TYPE ACTIVITIES? 

Rodeo animals like bulls and horses are generally tamerodeo photo creatures who must be provoked into battle. Rodeo contestants practice their "games" on numerous animals, at times injuring and killing many of them before they even enter the ring. Depending on the event, a contestant's score is based on how long he can ride a struggling animal, or how quickly he can overpower an animal, e.g., calf roping and steer wrestling. Sprains, broken bones, muscle pulls, saddle blisters, spur and flank strap wounds, broken ribs, bruising, and broken necks are all very common. Wounded animals are quickly removed while the rodeo announcer distracts the public and animals that become too injured are killed.                                                                                                                                          

BULL RIDING

Rodeo handlers often shock the bull repeatedly using a 5,000-volt electric prod while he is trapped in the bucking chute in order to torment him. In the ring, the bull bucks and struggles because of the pain inflicted by the flank strap while the participant attempts to control him. Bucking straps and spurs can cause the bull to buck excessively, thereby injuring him.

Bull Injuries 

  • Broken legs  
  • Broken back

CALF ROPING

Three- to four-month-old calves are tormented in the holding pen. Their tails are frequently scraped across the pen’s metal bars until they bleed. Other times, their tails are twisted, or the animals are shocked with electric prods until the gate opens. As a result, they run quickly into the ring. The contestant, who is mounted on a horse, chases a calf, then lassoes him by the neck. The rope often jerks the calf into the air, snapping his head back and causing him to gasp for air. He then falls to the ground where the contestant ties three of the calf’s hind legs together so that he cannot move.

Calf Injuries 

  • Broken legs  
  • Back injuries and broken backs  
  • Spinal cord paralysis  
  • Neck injuries and broken necks  
  • Severed tracheas  
  • Internal hemorrhaging  
  • Damage to internal organs  
  • Bruises  
  • Torn ligaments 

STEER WRESTLING
The contestant, mounted on a horse, chases the steer out of the holding chute. He grabs the steer’s horns while dismounting, twists the animal’s neck, and slams him to the ground.

Steer Injuries

  • Broken necks 
  • Torn ligaments 
  • Broken bones 
  • Severed spinal cords 
  • Severed tracheas 
  • Internal bleeding

BRONC RIDING
The “flank” is the area of the animal’s body behind his rib cage. An adjustable belt called a “bucking strap” or “flank strap” is placed around the horse’s flank. The contestant tightens the belt, which pinches the animal’s groin and genitals, causing him to buck from the pain. He also spurs the horse.

Horse Injuries

  • Broken neck 
  • Snapped spine 
  • Back problems 
  • Tears in leg tendons 

BUCKING EVENTS
In the holding chute, handlers may incite the bucking horse by shocking her, pulling her mane or tail, or slapping her face. The bucking strap and spurs cause her great pain and sometimes produce bloody wounds in the flank area. She will buck uncontrollably as a result, sometimes slamming into fences, posts, or chutes. Eventually, she will trip and fall.

Horse Injuries

  • Back injuries 
  • Leg injuries   

STEER TRIPPING
A steer is forced to run while the mounted contestant throws a rope around his horns. He then flips the rope to the right side of the steer, while turning his horse, who is galloping, to the left. The steer’s head and neck are jerked, causing him to be tripped, rolled, and dragged. His legs are then tied. If the steer does not stay down the first time, he will be tripped and dragged until he does so.

Steer Injuries

  • Fractured horns 
  • Neck injuries 
  • Back sores
  • Hip sores 

CHARREADAS
Mexican-style rodeos include horse tripping events and sharpened spurs which even most U.S. rodeo organizers find to be excessively cruel. 


TRICKS OF THE TRADE  PAINFUL TOOLS USED TO INCITE RODEO ANIMALS

  • Electric prods 
  • Sharp sticks 
  • Caustic ointments 
  • Flank straps 
  • Whips 
  • Raking spurs 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

There is no overall code of rules applicable to all rodeos. The rules that do exist are inadequate and leniently enforced, and penalties are very weak. Rodeo contestants are rarely disciplined for injuring or even killing an animal. Rules requiring a veterinarian to be present at every event and to provide immediate veterinary attention to injured animals must be established and enforced at once.

TRANSPORTATION

Rodeo animals travel constantly in cramped, double-deck trailers or pens. The trailers are frequently inadequately ventilated, and the animals are often fed and watered erratically. They do not receive proper veterinary care. Animals that break free from their pens are commonly shot by police.

DEATH

Rodeo calves, cows, and steers are seen as expendable. Thus, most live rather short lives. Almost all rodeo animals end up in the slaughterhouse.


From July 16 to July 19, 2015, LCA and SHARK released four television ads alerting consumers about animal cruelty in rodeos. The ads coincided with the Salinas Rodeo and aired on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other major networks. Click here to read the press release.


Salinas Rodeo Ad 1 Salinas Rodeo Ad 2
Salinas Rodeo Ad 3 Salinas Rodeo Ad 4

 

 

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