Friday, January 16, 2009

National Western Stock Show more humane this year

The National Western Stock Show has been going on in Denver since January 6. I'm not a fan of the stock show, so I've been doing my best to ignore it. However, in doing so I also missed this piece of good news:

National Western Stock Show bans prods

Electric prods are typically used to frighten a horse into bolting out of the chute and trying to buck its rider. For obvious reasons, animal rights groups oppose this practice. The stock show FINALLY listened and banned the use of prods this year.

According to the article, "Denver Animal Control's investigation of last year's allegations found no evidence the horses suffered." Riiiiight. Well, if it's so humane, why aren't we using prods on our children to get them to run faster in track or play harder in team sports?

Thankfully, someone took these concerns seriously, and banned the practice this year.

"That's outstanding. It's a step in the right direction," said Steve Hindi, president of SHARK — Showing Animals Respect & Kindness. The Geneva, Ill.-based group recorded video last year at three National Western rodeos that shows several saddle broncs being jolted out of the chute.

"We'll probably never be rodeo supporters, but I have to hand it to them. They have taken a significant step," Hindi said.



At January 17, 2009 at 8:58 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That is great news! :)


At January 18, 2009 at 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a word "yeeehaa" :)

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At January 19, 2009 at 4:13 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I know, I'm glad too! Thanks for visiting and commenting, both of you!


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