I don't mean to hijack the thread and make a scene, but I still say, come on now. There's quite a difference between regular ranch work--which does involve roping and dragging to the branding fire, sure--and the crazy-fast, rope-'em-and-jerk-'em pace of rodeos:
It's as though it's engineered to be as stressful, traumatic, and painful as possible for the calf. And that's clearly not good herd management or animal husbandry. Granted, it's rare to see one with a broken neck or watch one get drug around the arena full speed for several laps (though I have seen that on two occasions from my somewhat limited rodeo experience--generally a bad handler on a poorly trained horse), but I've seen quite a few get up limping and you can't tell me that it's not really rough (er, cruel) on them. Choking them, flipping them, and slamming them that hard....that's just not good for the animal.
For the steer tailing, sure, they got back up, but you can still run with a broken tail. And again, the animal is still plenty useful to butcher, but that doesn't mean it wasn't abused in the mean time--fear and pain, for no purpose other than sport. Is that really OK?
As for horse tripping, I don't know how it's done in Mexico, but I've read a little on how it is/was done in the US....they'd rent a bunch of horses from a kill buyer who were slaughter-bound anyway. Disposable, pretty worthless horses. Which made the prospect of breaking something on one of them far less worrisome. Not to mention the fear, trauma, and pain involved. Obviously a horse doesn't much enjoy beng crashed into the ground....
And Kevin, for this:
"Regardless of nationality, nobody that spends thier life taking care of livestock wants to see animals get hurt."
Bullfighting, anyone? Always fatal for the bull and not infrequently fatal for the horses. But sure is entertaining!
They aren't concerned about being humane, they aren't concerned about animal welfare, they're just concerned about useability and profit.