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Rodeos: To Ban or Not To Ban?

Alessandra Rizzotti

New Zealand activists are fighting to ban rodeos instead of revising the current draft code. The theatrical sporting event has become a cultural experience for many families, but what about the bulls being ridden, the bucking horses, or the steers being wrestled? Not to mention, the cowboys and cowgirls facing long-term injuries...

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  • Stuart

    Well I live in Texas, in San Antonio where we have been the the top large indoor PRCA rodeo for 7 years running now. They purse over 1 million dollars out to the riders. As a city the revenue we make off the rodeo is very important, it does a lot for the city. We bring cowboys and the top country entertainers from all over.

    But more than that are the horse shows and the stock show. Since 1984 4-H and FFA students pursuing a college degree participate in the stock show and get the money from selling their animal to go toward college. The animals are donated to the local high schools for raising by the students. This year they are "estimating $10.1 million committed in 2012 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to youth." That is just this year. The San Antonio rodeo alone boast over $123 million raised to go toward education. (The quote is from the san antonio rodeo website)

    The cowboys and cowgirls who participate know the long term effects and more than likely this is a family job. These kids know good and well what they are getting into and they have done it since they were little bitty. Now all of this doesn't make the animal rights issues go away. I have my own views about that, but that doesnt matter. My point is there are way more to rodeo's than cowboys riding bulls. They are a way of life for a lot of people, and the industry provides a lot of people with jobs.


    I vote: to ban