I've never seen any evidence of stock being so well treated in rodeos that everyone says. I've seen it SAID a whole lot but I've never seen anything to back it up other than defensive people.
On the other hand, I've seen calves lifted off the ground by their necks, having horns broken and limping off after a roping.
I understand the need for REAL, functional roping in the setting of a ranch. I do not understand the need to add all that speed and violence for the sake of "sport." I think it's cruel and really sad. :(
I do think its exploitation and cruel. In the REAL world there is a purpose and it's not all about bravado and dominance. It's sad that people pervert that in some rodeo events.