But really? Posting pictures and videos from SHARK?
You have to get the pictures from SHARK (I posted no videos, because I can't stand the commentary) because other places won't show the images. Doesn't mean the stuff isn't happening, obviously, just that it's not good press. Photos of yanking baby cows around is not the best way to garner support from the general public.
I am sorry you witnessed some bad rodeos.
I don't think they were really bad rodeos. Mainly ACRA and IPRA, including both of their finals.
I have been to rodeos, charreadas, and ranch rodeos and seen very few animals injured. For american rodeos the amount of animals hurt is only about .00052% depending on the study.
Define "injured." Mangled, no. Broken and visibly bleeding, rarely. Though I have seen one bulldogging steer with a broken neck. Doesn't mean they aren't bruised, traumatized, scared out of their wits, and in quite a bit of pain, however.
The contestants are hurt considerably more often. If you want to get on the band wagon for injured animals get on to horse racing . Almost 30% of race horses suffer an injury during their career.
Also an industry with considerable problems. But at least they don't set out with practically an express intent to harm!
Also you said they do it for profit, that is incorrect, the teams that compete in charreadas are family/ranch teams and do it for family/ranch pride. But I am sure that doesn’t make it easier to swallow.
Sorry, that's not what I meant by "profit." I was replying to Kevin's statement that these livestock handling guys would never hurt an animal. But the video clearly shows that they would gladly do so. It comes from two different definitions of "hurt." No, they aren't generally going to want to hurt something in a way to destroy its useability, either as a meat animal or a riding horse. But as for harming it in a way to cause pain/distress/injury that does not impact its monetary value, it's all fair game, apparently.
I do not know where you got your information about slaughter horses being used for the charreadas in the U.S., especially until recently slaughter of horses has been illegal- I hope not from the SHARK website as well…since the video that Natisha posted from them was somewhat inaccurate.
Hmmmmm....I think it was from a newpaper article about charreadas, years ago, but I can't swear for certain. Also, I didn't watch the video Natisha posted, so don't know what you're talking about with the alleged injured mouth.
That is why the “Running W” was a great training tool before people really understood why. It got a horse to think a little.
Now I've never used a running W, but I have a general concept of how it works, and it's sure not something I would call a training tool. A last-ditch vice-breaker for a truly rank horse, perhaps...
I would also like to mention that I know a lot of calf ropers who put sliding plates on their horses because they stop too hard. If the horse stops hard enough to actually yank the calf over backward or down, then it's not a good thing and you'll finish out of the money every time because you have to spend an added 1-2 seconds getting the calf back to his feet before you can flank him and tie him.
From a PCA rodeo:
Notice that they don't show the jerk, so as not to offend the "animal rights" people, yet when they pan over, the calf is on the ground every time....
An older video:
Some NFR action:
I've been to somewhere on the order of two dozen pro rodeos, and at every single one, the vast majority of the calves have been flipped or otherwise thrown.