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Letters: Animals shouldn't be subjected to 'sport'

Animals shouldn't be subjected to 'sport' We have been coming to the area for many years and love it, but we are saddened to see the posters, calling attention to the rodeo that comes to Park Rapids around July 4. If any living being deserves fre...

Animals shouldn't be

subjected to 'sport'

We have been coming to the area for many years and love it, but we are saddened to see the posters, calling attention to the rodeo that comes to Park Rapids around July 4.

If any living being deserves freedom, it is certainly the animals used and abused in rodeos.

We're told that bulls are bred for bucking but take away the very tight flank straps and the electric prods, and the animals would never buck as violently as they do now.

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The entire scenario is built on the glory to humans involved in it, not the animals. Yes, rodeo riders do get hurt, but they choose to participate and they choose to practice on many, many animals over the years to get into the big-time events where the prize money can be very large.

The animals cannot choose; they are owned by rodeo stock dealers and are hauled where the dealers want them to go. These dealers always make sure there are plenty of animals available for events, as they make money off the backs of their captives.

If a rider gets hurt, there is immediate medical care for him. What of an injured animal? Who cares? There may be a vet present, but there is little he/she can do. Some animals limp out of the ring, some are carted out and some die. Those still standing are loaded up on trucks and hauled to the next show.

Most of the so-called cowboys aren't from the Park Rapids area at all. They travel the country because they can make a lot of money each year. At the national finals, many riders come to win their share of more prize money. Needless to say, the animals who make all of this possible win no prizes.

We're surprised that no Park Rapids clergy have raised objections to such events. After all, they teach that God made the animals and called them Good.

These cruel contests teach only a belief that animals are here for us to use as we wish and that money, "tradition," "heritage" are the only things that matter.

Barbara and Peter Stasz

St. Paul

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