*** Update... we will be planning protests for the Rodeo every day, with Friday May 15th, starting at 7:00pm, and Saturday- Monday starting at 2:00pm, an half hour before the events, lasting for around 2 hours, so that if we can have people out each day. Please let Sarah or Jak know which days you can come out. Also we will have debriefs afterwards to discuss how things went... Please follow the Safer Space Policy too, pinned here. Thanks! ***
This is the last day of the Cloverdale Rodeo, and we are going to stand up for the rights of the animals involved in this barbaric and cruel 'sport/event', and let them know that animals are NOT for our entertainment and not for us to abuse.
The Cloverdale Annual Rodeo, in Surrey, British Columbia CANADA, and is an event of cruelty where bucking straps, electric prods, spurs and physical abuse are used to terrorize the animals into action. Some common handling practices include twisting animals' tails to make them run out of chutes faster, putting fingers up a calf's nose to control the animal, and using spurs to control an animal being ridden.
Now please tell me how this is entertainment? Or a sport?
This is exploitation and cruelty... Plain and simple.
There has been controversy with rodeos and some events like calf roping have ended, but Rodeos are not free from cruelty.
The Weekend Rodeo Performance Schedule
Five Rodeo Performances with Finals:
Friday, May 15 – 7:30 pm (Pool A)
Saturday, May 16 – 2:30 pm (Pool A)
Saturday, May 16 – 7:30 pm (Pool B)
Sunday, May 17- 2:30 pm (Pool B)
Monday, May 18 – 2:30 pm (Rodeo Finals)
*** The protest begins an hour before the Rodeo finals begin and up to two hours after it begins. You are welcome to come before this time, leave earlier or stay later. Please bring signs that apply to this event.
Also we will only be protesting on public property just outside the Rodeo grounds: no physical altercations, offensive language, picking fights, or taunting. We are here to speak up, and be taken seriously... And families do attend this event. Be strong, informative and speak out. We will do speak outs, and chants such as ' it's not entertainment- it's violence', 'it's not tradition- it's violence', ' Don't go to the Cloverdale Rodeo', ' There is no excuse for animal abuse- there is never an excuse for animal abuse', and more. If you have attended other local protests we will use some of the same chants.***
The Cloverdale Rodeo Animal Events:
•Richards Racers- Pig Race
Are races where pigs race against each other. They are frightened and run a track, where they can fall, bump into each other and sustain other injuries. These pigs are often confined to tiny transport cages or trailers. They are constantly bred for shows, discarded and auctioned off to slaughter as food.
Bareback racing is where horses are forced to race without a saddle. They run at high speeds, sometimes do jump tricks that exhaust them, and put them at risk of injury.
• Ladies Barrel Back Racing
Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. The horses are forced to run at high speeds, and riders often kick the horses sides hard, to make them go faster. Horses can fall, and injure their ankles, legs, backs and heads.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding is when people ride horses and force them to buck, and try to stay on as long as possible. Most rodeo horses are not wild horses who will buck without provocation. A strap, called a flank strap, is placed around the back end of the horse's stomach to make him buck, and Spurs on boots can be used as well.
Bull riding involves releasing a bull from an enclosure called a bucking chute, and the rider holds on by one hand for as long as possible while the bull attempts to 'buck' them off. A flank strap is pulled tightly around them, and often Spurs are used to kick their sides.
Small children, are placed on the backs of sheep, who immediately try to get the children off once they’re released from individual chutes where they’re held before the event begins. The goal is for the child to stay on the sheep as long as possible, assimilating bull or bronc riding. This can be terrifying for both the children and the sheep.
Specialty Act/ Niki Flundra
Niki Flundra is an entertainer, professional stunt rider and horse trainer. She does tricks and performances with animals, and trick riding. She does tricks at high speeds, through fire, hoops, over barrels and planks set high, stands up in her horses, and other tricks that put the horses at risk of back and leg injuries as well as putting the horses lives at risk.
We look forward to seeing as many people out there as we can, and are open to all who disagree with the Rodeo to take a stand to let others know Rodeos are NOT ok. Hurting and exploiting animals is NOT ok.
Please say NO TO THE RODEO!!!