Stop this shameful bull-riding event in Abbotsford

Ask Abbotsford City Council to cancel bull-riding event at Exhibition Park

An “extreme rodeo” event is scheduled to take place on September 15 at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park. The event will feature bull-riding, extreme freestyle bullfighting, Mexican bull poker and mutton-busting – all of which involve stressing animals to make them perform.

  1. Many people have little sympathy for bulls used in these events because they are large and powerful and because bull-riders are more likely to be injured. But the bulls do not choose to take part in these spectacles and are taunted and tormented to provoke aggression. The bulls are purposely bred for high aggression and for an unnatural propensity to buck. Even with such breeding, a flank strap is tightened around the bull’s hindquarters to stress the bull further and provoke bucking.  In addition, the rider spurs the bull, causing further distress. It should be noted that bull-riding has no connection to ranching; no real cowboy ever rode a bull as part of his work.

It’s true that bull-riding is extremely dangerous for the riders; scientific research has shown that bull-riding has an injury rate 10 times greater than American football, with a high risk of concussion. Boys and young men are attracted by the macho image of bull-riding, risking serious injury and brain damage.

Take action

As the City of Abbotsford owns Exhibition Park, the venue for this event, we are asking the City Council to cancel it immediately. Please join us in this request.

  1. You can contact Abbotsford’s mayor and council directly, with your own email, letter or phone call, herePLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR MESSAGE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL – IT WILL BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE.

  2. You can also sign our e-campaign which will automatically send an email message to the City. Click on READ THE PETITION to see the email message, then click Sign Now to send the email.

Ask Abbotsford City Council to cancel bull-riding event

Dear Mayor and Council

I am writing to request that Abbotsford City Council cancel the 'Extreme Rodeo' event scheduled for September 15th at Exhibition Park.

This event involves taunting and tormenting bulls to provoke aggressive behaviour, putting the animals in distress. To cause animals to suffer for the sake of entertainment is morally wrong and the City should not support such inhumane events. Aside from bull-riding, the event will also feature "extreme free-style bullfighting" and "Mexican bull poker", both of which cause the animals distress and put the human participants at risk of serious injury. According to scientific research, bull-riding has an injury rate 10 times greater than American football, with a high risk of concussion. Boys and young men are attracted by the macho image of bull-riding, risking serious injury and brain damage. Is this the kind of activity Abbotsford wishes to be associate with?

I urge you to stop this event in the interest of animal welfare, human safety and the reputation of Abbotsford as a decent and civilized community.

Sincerely,

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