As part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Coderre administration and the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary are planning to hold a rodeo called NomadFest Urban Rodeo from August 24 to 27, 2017.
You read that right: A rodeo. An activity with no cultural or historical connection to our city―one where animals are subjected to fear, stress and undue risk of injury or even death.
We won’t allow
WHAT’S WRONG WITH RODEOS?
ANIMALS HAUNTED BY FEAR
Marc Bekoff and many other specialists agree: for an animal, the psychological distress linked to stress and fear can be worse than physical pain.
THOSE LEFT BEHIND: What happens to animals that don’t make it to the rodeo?
While pro-rodeo advocates like to tout statistics about the “small” number of animals injured or killed during rodeos, these figures do not take into account the animals harmed during practice or training. Neither do they take into account the fact that the horses bred to compete in bucking events, but who don’t qualify, often end up being sent to slaughter because, having been raised to be semi-wild, they are not generally comfortable or safe around humans.
“During the course of my lifetime, I have been a farmer and a bareback rodeo bronc rider. I’m also a medical researcher (veterinarian), meat inspector and prosecutor. My extensive experience with animals has led me to conclude this: rodeo events are inherently cruel.”
- Peggy W. Larson, DVM, MS, JD
"Since veterinarians and veterinary medicine focus on the well-being of all animals, our profession simply cannot support rodeo practices. A rodeo’s success is inevitably based on the exploitation of animals’ reaction to pain, noise and fear, as well as their instinct to flee.”
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
“While the crowd at a rodeo is roaring with enthusiasm at the ‘contest’ between the human and the animal, anyone with a heart and familiarity with the behavior of mammals can see that the unwilling animal is in a state of terror, and often injured and in pain. The only willing participant is the human.”
- Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
“Rodeo supporters pretend that the animals are well treated—that they only participate in events for a short time and then they’re sent to rest. How does treating these animals ‘well’ justify causing them psychological and physical stress, most probably associated with pain (which is not systematically associated with visible lesions)?! Well treated before only to suffer during… with many sent to the slaughterhouse. ”
- Dr Jean-Jacques Kona-Boun, DVM
“The rodeo folks send their animals to the packing houses where I have seen cattle so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached was the head, neck, legs, and belly. I have seen animals with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as two and three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin.”
- Dr. C. G. Haber, DMV, veterinarian with thirty years’ experience as a USDA meat inspector
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While organizers have specified electric prods will not be used for certain purposes and during certain events, this doesn’t mean they won’t be used at all, along with other tools like whips and spurs.
Rule 6 : If an animal is injured in the process of contesting in the timed events, the contestant shall not receive another head during that go round.
Rule 9 : All flesh brands or wounds will be treated as soon as possible and as often as necessary.
Rule 10 : Standard battery-operated livestock prods may be used in moderation, when necessary, on appropriate areas of the animal’s body (i.e., neck, chest, shoulder, and hips).
Rule 12 : No contract performer will abuse rodeo stock or animals used in their acts in any way. Contract performers reported for infraction of this rule will be subject to a fine.
The majority of the NomadFest Urban Rodeo manual on well-being simply reiterates rodeo and animal use rhetoric, and does not impose anything stricter than what is already obligatory under our provincial and federal animal protection legislation.
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- England, Scotland and the Netherlands have banned rodeos outright and many other countries prohibit certain rodeo events.
- A number of states in the U.S., including California, Rhode Island, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin prohibit the use of certain painful tools, such as the electric prod, or prohibit certain rodeo events.
- A number of U.S. cities including Pittsburgh, Pasadena, Montgomery, San Francisco, Pompano Beach, Southampton, New York City, Greenburgh, and Baltimore County have nearly banned or strictly limited rodeo events and use of painful tools such as flank straps and electric prods. St. Petersburg, Florida and Fort Wayne, Indiana have banned rodeos outright.
- In Canada, the city of Vancouver has banned rodeos.