Suburban NY lawmakers may weigh bull-riding ban
June 1, 2008
PATTERSON, N.Y. - A plan to bring a bull-riding show to suburban Putnam County has some animal advocates and lawmakers seeing red.
About a dozen organizations and individuals have written letters protesting a Patterson landowner's plan to host the show. The Humane Society of the United States' New York State director calls bull-riding shows "cruel spectacles" that exploit "frightened and distressed animals."
The county Legislature's Rules Committee plans to discuss the issue June 19. Chairman Dan Birmingham says the panel might propose to ban bull-riding. He says the sport raises public health and safety questions, but he says he hopes to hear from an advocate for the sport. Read More
Attacking the sport of rodeo has become another avenue for groups like the HSUS to further their agenda against animal agriculture. It is also apparent that this county committee has very little knowledge of the sport. Just like in agriculture, rodeo will have to continue to educate people about their sport if they wish to avoid issues like these in the future.