(for other languages please click the flags / für Informationen in anderen Sprachen bitte auf die Flaggen klicken)
AN AUDIENCE cheers as rodeo animals buck their cowboy
riders - little
The events are billed as tough tests of courage against
To make sure the beasts appear wild and put on a good
show in the
Tony Moore from Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe
In Berlin, the group uncovered a series of cruel tricks
used to make
Tony and his team also witnessed brutal tail twisting
of baby calves
"I saw one bull with his eyes bulging as he desperately searched for a way out. He defecated out of sheer terror."
Crammed in small filthy pens, the horses, bulls and calves
have to "perform" several times a day. Animals were seen with
open wounds from spurs
One of the cruellest parts of the rodeo is calf-roping.
Tony said: "Calves are lassoed around the neck and slammed to the
ground with terrible
Broken limbs are commonplace in the ring. The injured go straight to the slaughterhouse.
Tony, calling for a ban on rodeos, said: "As long as people are willing to pay to attend them, they are perpetrating animal cruelty. It is important to boycott these events."
© "The People", www.people.co.uk/petsandpeople
© INITIATIVE ANTI-CORRIDA 2004