Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
I'm on the fence. I, personally, have very little experience with rodeo including calf roping and steer wrestling. In a functional setting I see little problem with the practices if done humanely, however for the sake of entertainment I get iffy especially regarding calf wrestling. The physics of it doesn't sit well with me, calves are flimsy. Even if they're 'strong' they're still flimsy in the same way any young creature IS- the way their joints and bones are fused and I can see LOTS of room for harm to the animal. Add in a competitive atmosphere and that room is only increased when people go harder, slip up, etc.
I would be interested in hearing some other POVs though.