You Choose to Watch This, but Animals Don’t Choose to Die

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Animals used in rodeos are subjected to abusive conditions in order to guarantee that they’ll perform as expected by the paying public. Without the use of tail-twisting, bucking straps cinched around their abdomens, and spurs, these frightened and often docile animals typically wouldn’t even buck.

In the chutes, out of sight of spectators, they may be poked, pushed, shoved, kicked, and punched and have their tails twisted.

kicking bull

Tail pulling
They are jabbed with electric prods, called “hotshots.”

Riders wear sharp metal spurs on their boots that dig into the animals’ sensitive skin.

Calf Roping

During calf-roping events, young calves have their necks yanked backward while running at full speed. Many calves have sustained broken backs and necks.

Sometimes cowboys miss the calves’ necks and end up dragging the animals by one or more of their limbs.

calf caught by one leg

After being roped, the calves are picked up and slammed to the ground, which can result in fractures and internal bleeding.

calf thrown on ground 1

calf thrown on ground 2

Then their legs are tightly bound while the rope around their neck gets tighter and tighter.

Calf brutally treated

Steer Wrestling

During steer-wrestling (also called “bulldogging”) events, grown men jump off a running horse onto the back of young steers, grabbing their horns and violently twisting their necks in an attempt to bring the terrified animals to the ground.

brutal neck twisting of steer

A steer was paralyzed and died after sustaining catastrophic neck injuries during the steer-wrestling event at the 2013 Calgary Stampede, and another steer died after apparently breaking his neck during a wrestling event at the 2013 California Rodeo Salinas.

Bronco or Bull Riding

Animals used for bucking have straps tightly cinched around their midsection, leaving them desperate to escape the pressure and discomfort.In 2013, a horse used in a bucking event at a Kansas rodeo broke her neck and died after running into a fence.

bucking horse falls on face

These straps press against the animals’ internal organs and may cause rashes, burns, and abrasions. It has been reported that burrs and other irritants are often put under the flank straps in order to cause further irritation.

Animals routinely sustain fatal injuries during rodeo events. Their broken bodies are often dragged out of the ring. Announcers rarely even mention the animals’ fates.

bull with broken leg 1

bull with broken leg 2

Charreadas (Mexican Rodeos)

In Latino-style rodeos, called charreadas, the events are purportedly designed to test the riders’ “horsemanship” skills. Horse-tripping, or mangana, is a notoriously inhumane rodeo event during which a lasso is cast around the legs of a galloping horse, causing the animal to buckle and crash violently to the ground. Horses subjected to this abuse often sustain rope burns, abrasions, dislocations, torn tendons and ligaments, and broken legs.


During the terna en el ruedo, which is the equivalent of team-roping in a North American rodeo, riders must rope a calf as quickly as possible, with one rider lassoing the animal by the neck and the other by the hind legs. The victimized calves often suffer from paralysis and sustain broken bones and throat and neck injuries.

In steer-tailing, or coleadero, a charro on horseback pursues a steer, then grabs the steer’s tail and wraps it around his boot and stirrup before veering off and slamming the steer to the ground. Animals have even been “de-gloved,” meaning that the skin is ripped right off their tails.


Rodeo participants love to brag about how dangerous the circuit is, but they choose to put themselves at risk. The animals are forced to participate and often sustain catastrophic injuries, including broken bones, internal bleeding, and paralysis. Countless animals have paid with their lives.

Rodeos must be prevented from hurting and killing more animals in the name of “entertainment.” Share this with your friends and family, and remind them never to buy a rodeo ticket. 

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