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Cruel rodeo pushers teach children animal abuse; sheep in rodeos
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 01:43:14 PM »
These aspiring rodeos, their dreams of taming a bucking bronco begins with a slightly gentler ride - they have to cling on to a sheep.

From a tender age these adventurous youngsters are given a helmet and put on the back of a sheep, where they cling on for as long as they can.

Branded mutton-bustin' by organisers in America, the children ride the jumpy animals bare back, making them the youngest cowboys around.

Proud parents watch as their toddlers are flung about as the animals jump around the stadium, trying to kick their children off and dragging them through the dusty dirt.

In the competition, which has been held for years, a sheep is held still, either in a small chute or by an adult handler, while a child is placed on top in a riding position.

Once the child is seated atop the sheep, the sheep is released and usually starts to run in an attempt to get the child off.

For many tiny wranglers the sport is a whirl of wool and tears as many start sobbing before they have even been put on to their ride.
Boy holding on for dear life as he rides a sheep at the Ventura County Fair on August 8, 2010 in Ventura, California.

His legs firmly tucked in under the sheep, this boy holds on for dear life as he rides a sheep at the Ventura County Fair in California. Originally starting as a filler during proper rodeo event, organisers soon saw the potential for growth in riding sheep

Covered in dirt the children often burst into tears after the sheep plough into the ringside walls which separate the riders from their audience.

ABC News reported that it is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular as parents enter their children into the cowboy sport.

At a recent rodeo Tommy Giodone, one of the organisers of Mutton Bustin', told the news website at a show in Puyallup, Washington, that he holds the shows all over the country.

He said he had launched 10,000 children into the ring in 2011, up from 2,500 a few years ago.

'Itís the toughest sport on wool,' Mr Giodone boasted.

Many of the parents at the Puyallup show were keen to have their children brave the ring for the chance of a prize.

'Kids heal,' mother Tara Anderson told ABC News.

'Thereís no point in over-protecting them and raising a bunch of sissies. They need to be boys.'

There are no set rules for mutton busting, no national organization, and most events are organized at the local level.


Rodeo arose out of cattle herders in Spain and Mexico,and later the United States, Canada, South America and Australia.

It was based on the skills required of the workers and cowboys.

Today it is a sporting event that is designed to test the skill and speed of the cowboys and cowgirls who participate.

Professional rodeos usually get compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback Bronc-Riding and bull riding.

Animal rights groups strongly oppose the sort, arguing the competitions and experience constitutes animal cruelty. 

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