The American Royal Association is a charity organization that claims its mission is “[t]o promote and celebrate the excellence in agricultural progress and develop future generations of leaders through agrarian values, disciplines and expressions of skills.” However, PETA has received reports that the American Royal Association plans to host a cruel “steer busting” event during the 62nd Annual American Royal Pro Rodeo, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 27 to 29.

Steer busting, also called “steer roping,” is a hideously cruel event during which a rider on horseback chases a steer at high speed and throws a lasso around the animal’s horns. The rider then tosses the slack rope over the steer’s right hip and rides to the left, yanking the steer to the ground with a massive spinning crash, often causing severe injury. Video footage shows how violently the animals are wrenched off their feet. Steer roping is so cruel that the state of Nevada has banned it outright!

 

Please contact the American Royal Association and urge it to permanently cancel steer-roping events. Please also share your concerns with the Kansas City Animal Health and Public Safety Division, and ask it to ensure that American Royal is not permitted to host events that could cause injury to the animals involved.

Please send polite comments to:

Bob Petersen
President and CEO
American Royal Association
bobp@americanroyal.com

Kansas City Animal Health and Public Safety Division
animalcontrol@kcmo.org

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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