Cruelty in dog fighting, also’tradition,’ led to its outlaw
Randy Jones argues that rodeos are an important American tradition (“Anti-rodeo proponents can’t take another part of America,” Letters to the Editor, June 8).
However, he ignores the fact that terrible animal cruelty is built into many rodeo events – just look at online videos of calf roping to see the stress, pain and injury that rodeo animals experience. When “tradition” requires cruelty or abuse, it’s time to find new traditions. Long ago, the tradition of dog fighting was a widespread form of public entertainment, but people came to understand that dog fighting is cruel and it’s now illegal in all 50 states.
Most people agree that animal suffering for entertainment purposes is wrong, so it’s time for us to retire the rodeo. We can do better.
Lisa TowellLos Altos