postheadericon COLUMN: Time to support rodeo

A Montreal animal rights group is targeting a Quebec rodeo near the city of more than 4 million people.

Taking advantage of its urban setting, the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals launched a media and legal movement to condemn rodeo earlier this year. This past week, a law professor at the University of Montreal filed for an injunction on NomadFest Urban Rodeo, planned for the community in August.

A petition has been created to show support for rodeo, and I urge you to sign it. Animal rights activists will continue to try to bring rodeo down. Most activists don’t understand the love and care that go into the animals used. They don’t comprehend the love these animals have to do their jobs.

Most importantly, they don’t care to understand. They won’t care to be around a bucking horse that is excited to load in the trailer because it knows it will have a chance to buck. They will never see the look in a barrel horse’s eye as it prepares to run the pattern. They don’t understand that an athletic animal wants to be an athlete or that most horses like having a job to do.

The Quebec rodeo is a great opportunity for urban-dwellers to touch base with their Western roots, no matter how deep they run.

Rodeo is more than a sport; it’s a celebration of our Western lifestyle. Please take the time to sign the petition.

One Response to “COLUMN: Time to support rodeo”

  • Nancy Lais:

    We’ve had problems in the past as well in Toronto, depending on who is mayor. The rodeo is back at the Royal Winter Fair which is a huge 10 day event bring the country to the city.

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