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ThePeople 31/07/05COWBOY BRUTES
Jul 31 2005

By Britt Collins

AN AUDIENCE cheers as rodeo animals buck their cowboy riders - little
knowing that behind the scenes the beasts endure terrible cruelty.

The events are billed as tough tests of courage against untamed beasts
of the Wild West, but most of the performing horses, cows and bulls are
really terrified farm animals.

To make sure the beasts appear wild and put on a good show in the
ring, the handlers spend days whipping them into a frenzy through KICKS,
PUNCHES and making them wear painful STRAPS.

Tony Moore from Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE) went
undercover to watch the rodeos in Europe. He said: "It's seen as a bit of
fun but the truth is that ordinary farm animals are made to appear wild by
being tortured."

In Berlin, the group uncovered a series of cruel tricks used to make
tame animals look mean. Tony said: "They make horses and bulls wear a flank
strap - a device clinched tightly around their abdomen, which makes them
buck wildly."

Tony and his team also witnessed brutal tail twisting of baby calves
and bulls which damages their spines. He said: "The animals are roughed up
to make them bolt into the arena. But usually they're so stressed out, they just collapse.

"I saw one bull with his eyes bulging as he desperately searched for a way out. He defecated out of sheer terror."

Crammed in small filthy pens, the horses, bulls and calves have to "perform" several times a day. Animals were seen with open wounds from spurs
dug into their flesh.

One of the cruellest parts of the rodeo is calf-roping. Tony said: "Calves are lassoed around the neck and slammed to the ground with terrible
force. They often miss their head and end up catching the calf's legs or stomach and fatally injuring them."

Broken limbs are commonplace in the ring. The injured go straight to the slaughterhouse.

Tony, calling for a ban on rodeos, said: "As long as people are willing to pay to attend them, they are perpetrating animal cruelty. It is important to boycott these events."

© "The People",

The animal rights activist mentioned in the article did not claim that animals die in German rodeos, this is an exaggeration by the newspaper. However, the article reclects quite well, what goes on thoughout Germany nearly every weekend from april to october.