Don’t support rodeo |

Don’t support rodeo

It’s no surprise that the Penn Valley Rodeo is losing money – more and more people are opting not to support this cruel form of “entertainment” (“Yee haw! Penn Valley Rodeo to return,” Aug. 7).

Animals used in rodeos are yanked around by their necks or tormented with electric prods into bucking, and suffer from massive bruising, internal bleeding, broken ribs, fractured spines, severed tracheas, paralysis, and even death as a result. Most injuries and deaths go unrecorded, and many more animals are hurt and killed in practice sessions.

While the cowboys who participate in rodeos have a choice as to whether they are willing to place themselves in danger, the animals don’t have a choice, and their only “reward” is a one-way ticket to the slaughterhouse. Please visit to learn why the residents of Penn Valley should run the rodeo out of town.

Heidi Renée Jury

Staff Writer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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