Now You See it, Now You Don't!
The following article was too hot for Psychology Today to handle. After being up on their site for approximately 24 hours, they choose to take it down. But Dr. Bekoff stands by every word he wrote.
July 21, 2013
by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
In a previous essay titled "Horse Shocked and Dies at New Jersey Rodeo: Time to Ban Them" I wrote about pain, suffering, and death at two different rodeos. Now, additional instances of inexcusable harm and death have come to light, along with another incident of extreme animal abuse.
Steer killed during "slack event" and photographers blocked from filming the aftermath
In a horrific and totally avoidable incident at the California Rodeo in Salinas, California, supported by Macy's, a steer was killed when a horse trampled him during a bull dogging/steer wrestling event. You can read the gory details here and see a video here. To quote an article from the Central Coast News, "The steer died during one of the slack events for the rodeo. When there are more cowboys than slots in the rodeo, they compete and post their times during slack times, which is generally held the morning of the rodeo or the day before."
July 17, 2013
Last Wednesday at the Calgary Stampede, steer wrestler Zane Hankel wrestled a steer to the ground in 4.4 seconds. The animal never rose to his feet again. Hankel had snapped his neck.
Out came the infamous black tarps so the audience wouldn't be troubled by what had just happened. Just as the tarps did last year, when three horses were killed in a chuck wagon accident. Just as they did in 2010 when six horses were killed. And in 2005, when 12 horses were killed.
And the show went on.
The steer never rose to his feet again. Hankel had snapped his neck.According to Renaud Leguillette, a veterinarian hired to look after the animals at the Stampede, "only 0.05 percent of rodeo events lead to an animal fatality."
Imagine if we talked about football deaths that way.