American Humane Opposes Tail-Grabbing Rodeo To Be Held In Jefferson County, Colo.

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Colorado-based American Humane Association, the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, said today that it is aggressively pursuing legal action to halt a scheduled rodeo event on Sunday, Aug. 8 in Jefferson County, in which bulls are cruelly and painfully brought to the ground by grabbing their tails.  A similar “Coleadero” rodeo event held in July resulted in the death of two animals with 11 others suffering from broken bones and other injuries, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is not an indictment of rodeos, but a plea to stop a cruel event that inflicts enormous pain and suffering on the animal,” said American Humane vice president of Animal Protection, Dori Villalon.  “We urge officials, residents of Jefferson County and people of Colorado who respect all animals to stand up to this barbaric notion of entertainment.  We must say no.  We can stop this and similar future events.”

According to news reports, Jefferson County officials and law enforcement agencies have tried unsuccessfully to have the event cancelled for violating animal cruelty statutes.  While organizers have already been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty counts, state law is both vague and ambiguous enough to not specifically prohibit the so-called “tail spinning” event from being held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The American Humane Association has engaged counsel to pursue a legal injunction that would halt the event, and in the meantime is joining with virtually every other animal welfare organization in Colorado to urge Jefferson County to take all measures necessary to stop it.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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