The Vancouver Humane Society and Victoria Citizens Against Rodeo Events have been calling for an end to calf-roping and steer wrestling at the upcoming Luxton Rodeo, saying the events are cruel and cause suffering to animals.
“There is no doubt that animals suffer in rodeos and people who care about animals should take a stand against the cruelty involved,” said VHS spokesperson Peter Fricker in a statement.
According to the BC SPCA, rodeo events rely on cattle acting stressed and afraid to make them buck harder and run faster to escape the cowboys.
“Devices that irritate the animals may be used to make bulls and horses buck wildly. Look closely at the bull riding and you will see a flank strap around the waist of the bull. This strap is tightened as the bull leaves the stall causing him to buck wildly to try to get it off,” the BC SPCA said in a release, adding that animals get injured and die every year as a result of rodeos.