- Posted June 18, 2012 by
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Donkey lovers protest World Championship Roping Contest in Van Horn Texas
Donkey roping is an extremely cruel 'sport' where the donkey is shocked with a cattle prod until he tries to run away, once he is running people on horseback run the donkey down, throwing a rope around it's neck, and another one around its rear legs. Once roped the donkey is then stretched between two horses. Broken bones and death are all too common during these events. And that is the physical harm done, most donkeys take years to recover, if still alive, from the emotional trauma of abuse. My own grandson has autism and the first time he saw a "roping" donkey said he knew how the donkey felt.....alone, hurt, sad. Luckily that donkey was rescued from a hellious life as a roping donkey and came to live at Morning Bray Farm not far from us where my grandson is now able to help make that donkey feel whole, loved and happy.
This announcement as well as the poster of the upcoming event in Van Horn Texas have been posted round the internet.
A Petition has been started and now has 5200 signatures. A retired Marine Colonel who brought Smoke the donkey back to the US from Iraq is in process of getting an injunction against the event. Thousands of Donkey lovers have contacted the Chamber of Commerce
firstname.lastname@example.org, the organizer Jason Owens (stock contractor)
Dos Gringos Productions
email@example.com and the editor of the Van Horn newspaper Larry Simpson, editor at The Van Horn Advocate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cruelty to animals is cruelty not entertainment.
A signer said this on the petition:.At our rescue, we have donkeys who have been used for roping. The sadness that we see in their eyes is heartbreaking. Not only do they stretch them and drop them to the ground, frequently they strap a horn hat on their heads which is even more abusive. They are used over and over again, and the damage is irreversible. Ours suffer from bent legs, broken ear cartilage and distrusting personalities. There is absolutely no redeeming aspect of this horror show. Worse, this brutal behavior will be on display for children to see. They will hear adults cheer as animals are tormented and abused. How is this a good thing? I would much rather see Van Horn TX indulge the audience with its rich history. This was part of a great mail run during the 1800's which ran from San Antonio TX to San Diego CA. How about celebrating the long ears who developed the west? Take a look at Bishop Mule Days. This event brings in millions of dollars of revenue, and celebrates long ears without harming them. An event like this would be far more admirable, and seen in a much better light by the public.
Another signer of the petition said:I have never heard of this till now and I am losing faith in the USA . How can you let this happen ? To put these animals through this is so evil, how about instead of Donkeys have them ( humans) get shocked with the cattle prod then chased down and roped bones broken maybe even death ! They wouldn't like it and neither does the donkeys. Stop this !!!!
Please help stop this abuse.