Calf roping -- The Most Cowardly Rodeo Event
It is not hard for anyone with a brain and a heart to understand what is wrong with clotheslining a baby animal, body slamming it to the ground and tying it legs so it cannot move. If this were done to a puppy or kitten, the offender would be charged with crimes and likely jailed.
Incredibly, rodeo people have no problem with committing an act of cruelty and cowardice against a baby cow during calf roping. A roping calf is only three to four months old. After that, they become too heavy for the "macho" cowboys to handle.
Calf-roping on the range bears no resemblance to calf roping at the rodeo. In the rodeo, it is a timed event, and indefensible abuse to the calf is the price paid for a competitive time. On the range, calves are roped carefully, and slowly brought to a halt.
On the range, calves are roped for care, or to protect them from danger. In rodeos, calves are endangered for amusement. This "sport" violently and specifically preys upon baby animals, and then calls itself "family entertainment!"
After having his tail painfully twisted and raked over a fence rail, this calf ran out of the chute at top speed to escape his torment. The calf is roped so violently she becomes airborne before slamming into the ground. This process can break the calf's neck, back or legs.
After hitting the ground, the contestant runs to the calf, picks her up and body slams her again, knocking the wind out of her so he can tie her legs.
The calf, eyes bulging in terror, gasps for air with the rope stretched tight. Horses used in calf roping are trained to keep the rope pulled tight, or even to pulled the calf on the ground, just so they cannot break free. If they can breathe, the calves cry pitifully, as you would expect from any terrified baby.
The violent contortion of the calf's back during roping may result in injury or death.
Footage from the 2001 National High School Rodeo Association finals:
This calf has his neck literally folded in two after being improperly roped, and still the contestant would not stop -- because he wanted a score no matter what.
This calf is knocked out from the brutal roping, but still the cruel contestant only cares about scoring.
After being roped, this calf was dragged by the contestant's inadequately trained horse. This is a common problem in rodeos. The contestant simply walked away from his choking and suffering victim, because only scoring matters. The calf is considered expendable.
Incompetence and cruelty go hand-in-hand at the rodeo. Incompetent contestants try to make up for their own failures by inflicting more cruelty on their victims.
A "jerk down" is extremely violent and cruel, and happens when an animal is pulled off its feet and goes over backwards. Because they are potentially life-threatening to the calf, jerkdowns are typically banned, or so claims the Rodeo Mafia. Violators are supposed to be fined and disqualified. In fact, jerkdowns are very rarely called by judges in any rodeo association. This incident, occurring at the 2001 National High School Rodeo Association finals rodeo, was not called.
This calf is improperly roped, and the contestant knows it. He could release the rope, but does not, regardless of the abuse and obvious danger to his victim. The contestant wants a score, and the potential injury or death of the calf means nothing to him.
It is common for rodeo victims to defecate from fear and stress during their "performance."
The abuse of this calf occurred at a practice session during the 2001 National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) finals rodeo. The degenerates involved in the beating were reported to the NHSRA by SHARK investigators. The NHSRA refused to say what if any punishment would result.
Calves are commonly choked during roping in rodeos. This is not representative of the way calves are treated on ranches.
Another calf is dragged. The contestant's horse is not properly trained, which is common in rodeos. The contestant is neither fined nor disqualified. The calf is the only loser.
This victim is illegally jerked down, knocked out and dragged by the horse of an incompetent contestant. The contestant doesn't know or care if his victim is injured or dead, and makes no attempt whatsoever to help the calf.