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Protest Bull Riding Cruelty at the Staples Center - Saturday, February 8, 2020

On Friday, 2/7/2020, and Saturday, 2/8/2020, PBR's (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash the Beast Tour will bring its exhibition of animal cruelty to the Staples Center  in Los Angeles once again for their "Iron Cowboy" bull riding competition. Join LCA in protesting this barbaric show of animal exploitation!



Help ban cruel chuckwagon races in Calgary, Canada!

On 7/14/19, 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 year's 10-day event the deadliest in almost a decade!


LCA's 2019 Bull Riding Protest at the Staples Center

On Friday, 2/22/2019, and Saturday, 2/23/2019, PBR's (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash the Beast Tour brought its exhibition of animal cruelty to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the first time ever for their "Iron Cowboy" bull riding competition.

2/23/19 — LCA, along with actress Donna D'Errico and a coalition of animal rights organizations, protested PBR's 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.


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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.                                                                                                                                          


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 


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 

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

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

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

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

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



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.


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.


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


A growing number of jurisdictions already have rodeo prohibitions or restrictions in place, including:

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Southhampton, New York  
  • Pasadena, California  
  • Chino Hills, California
  • Napa County, California
  • Laguna Woods, California
  • Auckland, New Zealand 
  • United Kingdom 
  • Quebec, Canada 

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