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🐎Boycott Rodeos!!🐎🙏

By Jennifer O’Connor

Horses are beautiful, intelligent, sensitive animals. They should not be carted around in 100-degree heat or in the freezing cold in crumby trailers to the DCU Center in Worcester and other venues for rodeo entertainment. IT’S ANIMAL ABUSE!

If horses and cows could follow a calendar, August would be the month they’d dread most. August is the busiest month on the summer rodeo circuit, and many animals forced to take part in it don’t live to see September. A calf recently sustained a broken back and was left paralyzed at a rodeo in Oregon, a horse was killed in a bucking event in Wyoming and a horse collapsed in an arena in Arizona and required CPR, according to an eyewitness. The list of injuries and fatal incidents goes on and on.

More and more people are coming to realize that it’s high time these violent and often deadly spectacles were relegated to the history books.

Animals forced to participate in rodeos are routinely hit, kicked, spurred, slammed onto the ground and goaded into participating in violent displays. It’s difficult to understand the mindset of those who purposefully agitate animals or of those who enjoy watching them do it.

In calf roping, a common event at rodeos across the U.S. and Canada, terrified young calves race desperately out of a chute to which they’ve been confined and often sustain neck and back injuries when the rope used to lasso them
yanks them violently to the ground. A flank strap is bound tightly around the midsections of horses and bulls used in the bucking and bull-riding events, causing the animals to buck wildly in an effort to rid themselves of it.

Animals have sustained broken necks, backs and legs and experienced aneurysms and heart attacks during rodeos. And degloving — when a steer’s tail is stripped of skin — is a particularly hideous injury.

In a sick attempt to broaden their appeal to families, some rodeos are even encouraging kids to abuse sheep in “mutton bustin’” events. Terrified sheep are forced to carry screaming children — who may kick them and pull their tails and ears — all over the arena. These events teach young people to harass, frighten and harm animals for fun.

Animals used in rodeos are specifically excluded from the meager protections of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Many states exempt rodeos from their anti-cruelty laws as well because they don’t regulate “normal agricultural practices” and/or “livestock.”

Most rodeos are self-policing, and it’s essentially a free-for-all. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s “humane rules” are worthless — they are rarely enforced, and when they are, the fines imposed on the participants are so small as to be meaningless in comparison to the big prize money they’re vying for. They also allow devices that inflict pain on the animals: electric prods “when necessary” and spurs, which are supposed to be “dull,” even though that’s contrary to what spurs are.

There are no bucolic pastures awaiting these animals in retirement. When they’re too worn-out or broken-down to continue, they typically get a one-way ticket to the slaughterhouse.

People who care about animal welfare shouldn’t support any event that causes animals pain and suffering. Please steer clear of all rodeos this August – and forever!

PETA parked in Rose’s space …

Animals need angels this holiday season

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Buddies: Lilac and Cece. Lilac was dumped by her previous owners – chained to a fence outside an animal shelter – but now she’s got the life in her forever home with Rose! pic: R.T.

It was two days before Christmas. While families gathered inside cozy homes, one tiny dog shivered outside at the end of a heavy chain, surrounded by puddles the size of small ponds. His only shelter – if it could even be called that — was a decrepit doghouse whose sagging roof and crumbling walls offered no protection from the frigid winter rain. He was full of heartworms and so emaciated that nearly every bone in his small frame showed through his skin.

For neglected, forgotten animals like Gus (as this sweet dog was later named), the holidays are nothing to celebrate and the new year holds little hope — unless a caring person intervenes. Fortunately for Gus, that’s exactly what happened.

Two PETA volunteers were delivering doghouses and straw to help chained and penned dogs survive the winter when they spotted him. They asked his owner if he needed help, and the man explained that he couldn’t afford to feed Gus and was thinking about turning him loose in the woods. The volunteers offered to take the little dog in, and his owner readily agreed.

After a good meal and a warm bath, Gus spent his first Christmas indoors, with a comfy bed and plenty of love and attention from his foster caretaker. Eventually, he was adopted, and his adoring guardian reported that when she let him outside, he would jump up on chairs or other objects in the yard. She suspects that he did so because he’d had quite enough of sitting chained on the cold, hard ground in his previous life.

Despite his ordeal, Gus is friendly and wants to meet everyone. His favorite thing to do is snuggle under the covers.

Gus is one of the lucky ones — and so was Soupster. PETA got a frantic call one Christmas Eve from a family who wanted to surrender their dog immediately, before their new baby came home from the hospital. They’d already tried calling the shelter where they had adopted Soupster (who was then called Star) two years earlier, but there was no room at the inn: Its waiting list was weeks long.

Soupster’s owners wouldn’t wait that long, and as it turned out, neither could she. PETA welcomed her in and got her emergency veterinary care right away.

Her fur was so filthy and matted that it had to be completely shaved off, and she had so many fleas that she was anemic from blood loss. All but three of her teeth had to be pulled. An untreated infection had spread to her sinuses, leaving the roof of her mouth in need of stitches.

She had mammary tumors, an ear infection that left her deaf, and severe kidney and urinary tract infections. Her blood test revealed kidney failure. The veterinarian estimated that even with treatment, she had just three to six months to live.

But then a miracle happened: After weeks of intensive veterinary care in a foster home, Soupster’s health turned a corner. She regained her strength and her spirit, and a follow-up test revealed that her kidney function was nearly back to normal.

The PETA staffer who nursed her over the holidays adopted her — and for the last year and a half of her life, the little dog knew the comfort of a real home and the love of a family. The only sign of her ordeal was her little pink tongue that sometimes hung out because she had no teeth to hold it in. Eventually, because of the neglect that she had previously suffered, her kidney disease worsened, and her guardian made the difficult but compassionate decision to euthanize her.

PETA’s fieldworkers aren’t like Santa — they can’t make it to every house in the world. That’s why animals like Gus and Soupster need caring people in every community watching out for them — during the holidays and year round.

If there are chained or penned dogs in your neighborhood, ensure they have food, water and shelter. If they lack these or if the situation is life-threatening, notify authorities immediately. In non-emergency situations, encourage their owners to take them for walks (or offer to do so yourself), allow them indoors, and give them daily companionship and attention.

If you witness or suspect that animals are being abused or neglected, call the police immediately. And urge your local shelter to accept all animals in need.

You could be an animal’s angel this holiday season.