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Council to hear objections to rodeo event

rawhide-rodeoCouncil will hear objections, at tonight’s meeting, to a rodeo event set for the end of July at Picton’s fairgrounds.

Annette McIntosh and Angela Lammes are noting their objection to hosting a rodeo on the basis that they “are cruel and we consider this to be animal abuse. This is not necessary.”

The County, in partnership with the PEC Agricultural Society, plan to host the Rawhide Rodeo series in which competitors may earn points toward qualifying for next year’s Calgary Stampede.

The professional rodeo produces more than 100 events a year in Canada, the US, Australia and Brazil.

The event in the County is to feature bull riding, bronco riding, calf roping and steer wrestling among its activities. Rawhide Rodeo notes strong emphasis on care and treatment of its animals and says the Ontario Rodeo Association representative remains available at the event to ensure their care.

Concerns over animal welfare have grown following the death in 2010 of six horses at the Stampede and in 2013 following the euthanization of a steer due to a neck injury in competition.

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  1. Jack Dall says:

    Most if not all of these animals are from the southwest where these conditions are the norm. I have attended rodeos both in Mexico and Arizona where they close the schools and business,s in the middle of a work week so that all can enjoy a day at the rodeo. I hope to see them back next year

  2. Marnie says:

    While flank cinches make rodeo horses buck it is reasonable to assume that horses that make it to the rodeo are happy enough to do this without much encouragement. If they had not found a place in the rodeo most of them would have gone for meat. I have no problem with rodeos except for chuck wagon races at the Calgary Stampede. But it was too hot last night to ask animals to perform. The riders had a choice.

  3. Paul A. says:

    My dog takes me on a walk twice a day through the Fairgrounds. During the rodeo set-up, while he was making new friends (equine and bovine, as well as canine), I had a chance to talk to quite a few of the participants, owners, riders, helpers. They appeared to be genuinely caring (can I say loving?) and respectful of their animals.
    Accidents can and do happen — personally I’m paranoid about being flattened by a school bus — but these “rodeo people” seemed to be taking their lives and jobs as seriously and responsibly as most all of us.

  4. Marnie says:

    Horse racing takes place regardless of the heat. Wonder why no one has ever voiced an objection to that. It is not humane.

  5. Gary says:

    I fail to understand the County’s thinking in supporting this event.

  6. Emily says:

    The police should be called for a public display of animal cruelty. And to think it is financially taxpayer supported!

  7. Mark says:

    This rodeo should not be taking place in this heat. Common sense should tell the County that!

  8. Gary says:

    What is meant by the County being in partnership for this event? Do we taxpayers have a financial interest in this?

  9. Jack Dall says:

    The people who live , love and work with these animals everyday have no interest in harming them . They are treated with great love and care as they are truly professional athletes .

  10. Marnie says:

    PS If Lammes is such a big supporter of animal rights how come she is all for wind turbines to heck with Blandings Turtle and little brown bats?

  11. Marnie says:

    Usually this happens in the chuck wagon races and this event is not scheduled in the rodeo coming to Picton.

  12. Myrna Wood says:

    Every year there are several deaths of horses at the Calgary Stampede.

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