Kevin over the years I have become extremely soft when it comes to animals. I even pick the dew worms off my driveway after a rain to keep me from backing over them.
I hate Veal, young calves killed after a few weeks, never had a chance in life because they were born males. I think bulls and broncs are fine, they are big and inflict more damage to humans then they receive themselves.
I don't care about the riders, they have a choice but a poor calve, scared stiff, chased by a demon, roped, snaped to the ground and maybe maybe goes away without damage. What do you think happened to that poor calf after he was out of the arena??? Do you think he lived to see tomorrow?? Kevin at times I may come across as rough but I won't abuse an animal. We are their champions and we have to speak out for them.
I've watched several rodeos a year for many years and I have seen maybe 4 calves that didn't walk away sound. The ropers try not to jerk the calf to the ground because they have to have them on thier feet before they throw them down to tie them. It may not be the gentlest sport but in most cases it's not abuse.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill