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Letters: PBR, PRCA also care about animals

PBR, PRCA also care about animals The folks that wrote in about cruelty to the animals that are featured in our bull ride have strong and well-meaning opinions, but they are not based on fact. The care and well being of rodeo's treasured livestoc...

PBR, PRCA also

care about animals

The folks that wrote in about cruelty to the animals that are featured in our bull ride have strong and well-meaning opinions, but they are not based on fact. The care and well being of rodeo's treasured livestock is a top priority of anybody involved in professional rodeo. Members of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) believe, as do most people, that animals should be treated humanely.

These associations staunchly protect their animals with rules that are so successful in the prevention of cruelty or unintentional mistreatment that the American Veterinary Medical Association has recognized their guidelines in its position statement on the welfare of animals in spectator events.

Injury to animals is infrequent with rates documented at a small part of 1 percent. The use of horses and bulls in rodeo is so undemanding that they stay healthy and perform well for many years. It is not unusual for a bucking horse to be kicking up its heels in fine fashion over the age of 25 and many bulls are still active buckers at 15 years of age.

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Veterinarians attribute it to the good care they receive which includes quality feed and adequate exercise. The average bucking horse or bull works less than five minutes per year in the arena.

The true experts on livestock management and care are those who do it every day. Professional bull rides and rodeos are produced by people who are knowledgeable and well-educated about proper livestock handling - and few are more attuned to the animals' needs than professional stock contractors. Animals used in professional rodeo are considered top athletes, just like the cowboys and cowgirls who ride them. They are a huge financial investment to the stock contractors - so you can bet they are given only the best of care!

Animal welfare, which is caring for and meeting an animal's needs, is practiced in the sport of rodeo. Rodeo people respect, admire, and want to take care of the animals that are so important to their way of life.

Randy and Denese

Jokela/Jokela ProWest

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