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Life Arts    H4'ed 5/26/13

Horse Tripping in Oregon

Message Suzana Megles
From Care2 this morning- another sad incidence of animal   cruelty- HORSE TRIPPING in Oregon.  I am surprised that  Oregon legislators have not outlawed such a cruel, barbaric  bit of "Americana."  Yes, my alluding to this act as a bit  of Americana is pure sarcasm.  How can anything so cruel be  accepted as something to be proud of and being truly  representative of America?

Rodeo Horses Roped, Tripped, Slammed, Severely Abused.
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Rodeo Horses Roped, Tripped, Slammed, Severely Abused. by YouTube

I have to look up Oregon re their status rating on animal  welfare put out by the Animal Legal Defense.  I had previously  thought that Oregon fared well in this regard.  Maybe I am   wrong, and certainly this new information does not bode well  for their lack of compassion in allowing such cruelty.      
I am so glad that I have not grown up in a state which
glorifies using animals in rodeos, though I doubt that any  state is perfect in this regard.  Sadly, there are people  who participate in rodeos, and there are those who pay to  watch calves and horses often terribly hurt in them and think  this is entertainment. I guess these people are not much  different from the early Romans who watched gladiators fight  to the death or those who witnessed the early Christians being mauled to death by hungry lions. 
I am always saddened when rodeos come to Cleveland.  So, we  are much like Oregon spectators - finding pleasure in seeing  animals suffer -as they inevitably will. 

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One year I wrote Cavs owner Gilbert who rents out his arena  for the rodeo to please stop.  I mentioned the  inherent cruelties  associated with it.   The only kind thing from him was a response,  but of course, it was not one that  I had hoped for.  I don't  remember it exactly, but it was a justification for bringing t he  rodeo to Cleveland.  
So obviously, some Ohioans aren't fazed or disturbed either by  the inevitable cruelty they will  see at a rodeo.  For one-   watching calves running for their lives from the men on swift  horses who would catch them and lasso their legs - bringing  their small bodies  crashing down - often causing serious injury  to them and ALWAYS PAIN.
So when I read about HORSE TRIPPING in Oregon, I was horrified.
And then even disgusted to read that the compassionate videotaper  from SHARK (Showing Animals Repect and Kindness) was arrested  at the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo in Oregon for videotaping
the horse tripping event. 
You have to wonder about what freedoms are left in America, when  we can't even videotape events. Of course, this was not a benevolent  scene from our prospective, but if the promoters saw nothing wrong
with horse tripping, then why did they have him arrested? 
There are two versions of the arrest - one in which Shark volunteer  Adam Fahnestock was told to stop videotaping, and when refusing  to do so -the deputy took the camera and proceeded to try and  handcuff him.  Fahnestock supposedly then pulled away and tried
to grab his camera.
Not surprisingly, there is SHARK's version which, of course, I  accepted in a heart beat.  It is- "that after a brief conversation,  the deputy suddenly grabbed Fahnestock and threw him violently  to the ground where rodeo personnel then also set upon him."
Ironically, this version of what happened to Fahnestock was a  small likeness to w hat happened to the horses he came to videotape  where they are roped by the neck and legs while running and which  forces them to violently fall face-first to the ground.  Another  example which proves that people who are cruel to animals are
also often cruel to people.  I believe that Fahnestock was badly  treated- as of course, were the poor horses he came to videotape. 
Re the cruelty of horse tripping, the pictures showed at Alicia  Graef's Care2 post showed some of their cruel suffering.  There is  also a videotape there as well for those who want to view it. On  the internet clic k "Man Arrested for Videotaping Rodeo Cruelty in  Oregon." 
I wondered where this videotape came from. Was it returned to  Fahnestock at some point or was there another videotaper at the  event as well?   
Even though my childhood memory of falling while roller skating is  trite in comparison, it's too bad the callous viewers could not  at least conjure up remembrances such as mine and feel compassion  and disgust at viewing such cruelty.  
Besides being shaken by the fall, I skinned my knee, and it hurt  enough to bring tears to my eyes.  How much more hurtful would  it have  been if both my legs had been tripped and I fell face  down on the hard cement. 
Also another memory of a fall -this time as an adult came to me  when  my rambunctious dog Pattie undercut me as I was heading  toward my garage. This precipated another crashing fall, and this
time my knees were spared but not the side of my head.  It hurt  enough to also bring tears to my eyes.  So, it is not too hard  for me to "feel" just a tiny bit the pain these poor horses  suffered at this cruel Oregon event at the hands of man.   
How sad it seems to me that these people never give even the  slightest thought to the pain and suffering they are causing  these often gentle, trusting horses.  And how sad that people pay  money to come and see these horses being roped by the neck and  legs while they're running - forcing them to violently fall   face-first to the ground. Many of us can "feel" their suffering. 
Why can't they?
There is also a petition at the Care2 site asking Oregon's lawmakers  to ban this barbaric event.  Thanx, Alicia Graef, for bringing this  horror to our attention. 
And finally, an excellent comment from the Care2 site written by  Alexander K.:
"This incident is a demonstration of the depravity of our "enlightened"  society where those entrusted with protecting society from wrong doers  actually side with them and punish those who want to expose these acts. 
It is no wonder that the fabric of society is disintegrating at an  alarming rate.  We need to tell legislators to do the job we elected  them for and ban barbaric practices, be they against defenseless  animals or humans."
Thank you Alexander - your thoughts are insightful and true.  I  gave you a green star, and I imagine you received many more. (Green  stars are given to comments we like on Care2 posts.)   

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