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Rodeo Ditches Electric Prods!

Written by PETA | January 13, 2009
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I’ve got some exciting news for you! Well, exciting in the sense that a hideous sport has made an improvement that makes it a bit less hideous: The National Western Stock Show has banned electric prods!

The group SHARK gets a shout-out as big as the wide-open plains for persuading National Western to put an end to the use of the painful shocking device, which is often used on broncos to cause them to bolt from the gate. As you can imagine, frequent exposure to these electric shocks causes the animals considerable physical and mental distress.

The National Western Stock Show has also announced heftier fines for “jerk-downs”—the act of violently jerking a calf backward and roping the calf simultaneously. Competing rodeos have followed suit: Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Greeley Stampede have also banned electric prods. Now, if they’d just replace the broncs with mechanical bulls, we’d be as happy as a hog let loose in the tater patch.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • etaylor says:

    I disagree with the use of electric prods, I’m glad they are not allowed. HOWEVER- please do not label rodeo as cruel. Me and my family always have and always will live for rodeo. We’ve raised bulls and livestock used in rodeo, these animals are treated better than most people. We take pride in our rodeo accomplishments. I’m a barrel racer who has taken my share of roping and bull riding. I respect it all, no matter what sport you are in there will be cruelty, don’t label rodeo as cruel when you haven’t done your research. HANDS ON. I find it a waste to try and stop the small bit of rodeo cruelty when there is so much cruelty going on everywhere else. There’s my two cents on the subject.

  • T-mart Joslyn says:

    Animal abuse is a very cruel thing that there is no point to do. People abuse animals because they are not content with themselves, so they have to inflict pain on animals to feel in control and important. Rodeo does NOT abuse animals in any way, shape, or form. I have been very active in rodeos almost my whole life, and the amount of respect cowboys have for their stock is unbelievable. I can remember at one late july rodeo it was so hot if you touched a piece of metal that had been outside it would burn your skin. I was a competitor at this rodeo in the bull riding. After the event we thought the bulls were going to die of heat stroke, so we pooled together all the money we had and bought bottles of water to throw on the bulls to cool them off. If we had left these amazing animals to their “natural environment” as PETA tells us to they all would have died. So by defying PETA’s beliefs we saved these animals that they would have left to die. Is that animal abuse?

  • Amy says:

    This is hardly good news. The rodeo is still sick and cruel. Making one little change doesnt right all of the wrongs. We need to BAN RODEO COMPLETELY!!!!!!!

  • KBP says:

    So i rodeo is that cruel… i don’t beat my horse

  • Tomie says:

    I dont think any one of you people that have commented have any idea what you are talking about. Trying to get rid of rodeo is like trying to get rid of football. Rodeo is a tradition thats been in America for more than 100 years. I have know rodeo stock that is taking care of better than most people’s kids.

  • Tammie says:

    I think the one’s who want to get rid of rodeo all together are off there rocker’s……

  • patricia says:

    good there is no word bad enough for animal abuse why cant they just swich to mecanical bulls? its in essence the same thing except with out the cruelty and with out the danger

  • lynda downie says:

    Excellent work Shark.

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  • NT says:

    small improvement but not enough. The whole thing is hideous.

  • Missy Lefler says:

    These “big bad cowboys” think they are so tough and hard well I’d LOVE to take a electric prod to their a and see how they like it! Or a hard rope around their necks and let them feel the pain of being jerked down and tied all for fun!

  • Peter says:

    that is good news. word.

  • Alexis barrientes says:

    that’s wonderful ! now we just need to work on animal testing and get that banned!

  • Kelley says:

    Rodeo participants and fans are still scum.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Rodeos will never become humane until they are banned! Same thing for circuses!

  • kelly says:

    I have to give the National Western Stock Show some credit for “sticking to their guns” and insisting on making these changes There are many expremist people in the rodeo circuit who don’t want ANY change whatsoever and don’t care about animal abuse. They pressure groups like this to oppose any change But I hope that these rodeo groups understand that the average ticketbuyer does not want this kind of abuse and that things can be better for the animals

    • FW Blotz says:

      Its interesting to see how the rodeo culture tries to defend obvious animal cruelty that takes place daily. Do not expect the rodeo folks to stop shocking animals, they don’t care and they will always lie and try to conceal animal injuries and deaths. I come from a ranch ag background where rodeo type activities did not exist. Our business plan intended to raise healthy injury free and heavy beef cattle for market. Rodeo was for fools who didn’t realize that their own bodily injuries could sink the ranch. Animal injuries can be very expensive.
      Video recordings, internet exposure will help stop rodeo cruelty if more and more people continue to find these sites. I encourage everyone to view PETA and Sharkonline. We will succeed, its just that the PRCA and other rodeo interest cruelties need to be well exposed along with their sponsors. Time will take its toll and rodeo performers will move on to honest work. They are squirming now.

      Rancher, treating animals with respect and dignity.