Bearkiller, I agree totally! The worls is full of hypocrits. As far as rodeos, I believe the "humaniacs" have always been there....It's just easier for them to get their massage out nowadays. (with internet, etc.) They take a picture of a buckin horse falling or a rope horse fighting the bit, and they put all these pics in a video and say "This is rodeo!" They could take some pictures of some football injuries and say "This is football, you're abusing and endangering your kids if you let them play it!" To me it's just as ridiculous. The stock contractors I've worked for were all animal lovers and loved to see their animals buck people off. They didn't let people punch their livestock around or hot-shot them, or cinch them too tight. And I've seen more than one roughstock rider get a cussing for spurring a bull or horse in the chute. The contractors get irate about that. If you think you're good enough to spur their animals, try it in the arena. They usually don't own the timed event cattle, either. They subbed them. At least that's my experience.
Like most people on this site, I've been around lots of horses, livestock, and pets. But I've seen very few cases of abuse. When I did, I did as you suggested, I acted like a grown-up and discussed it with the people. I've found that if you present things in an upfront, honest, helpful manner, then people respect that and you can do some good. Some folks just don't know how to feed right, or they're just idiots. I've seen a couple cases where horses were kept in a stall and fed grain only. Their horses looked like hell and probably would have died if it hadn't been caught. These gunsels were spending lots of money on feed and didn't realize their horse needed roughage. Yes they were stupid, and maybe they didn't have any business having horses. But when I told them what they needed, they did it and were happy to get help.