The anti-rodeo campaign has been growing for nearly two decades across the nation. The following is a partial list of animal rights groups and their positions:
The Humane Society of the United States (800,000 members): "(The society) is opposed to rodeos because they result in torment, harassment and stress being inflicted upon the participating animals and expose rodeo stock to the probability of pain, injury or death. We denounce this type of unnecessary exploitation and the use of devices such as the electric prod, sharpened sticks, spurs, flank straps and other rodeo tack which cause animals to react violently."American Humane Association, Denver, Colo. (50,000 members plus 4,500 local organizations, including the Humane Society of Utah): Position is same as the Humane Society of the United States.
Animal Protection Institute, Sacramento, Calif. (180,000 members): "We're against the rodeo per se because it torments animals for merely an entertainment situation. Rodeos today are very unlike what's being done on ranches," said field services director Bill Hillman, who grew up on a ranch in southeast Idaho. The institute's written policy opposing rodeo closely follows that of the Humane Society of the United States.
People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Washington, D.C., (250,000 members): "Rodeos are promoted as being rough and tough exercises of human skill and courage in conquering the fierce, untamed beast of the Wild West. In reality, rodeos are nothing more than manipulative displays of human domination over animals, thinly disguised as entertainment. What began in the late 1800s as a skill contest among cowboys has become a show motivated by greed and profit."
Association of Veterinarians For Animal Rights, New York City, (300 members): "The association is staunchly against rodeo. In our professional opinion, rodeos represent an unacceptable use of non-human animals because of the cruelty and suffering that the animals must endure in order to provide humans with entertainment."