An Open Letter to
As the California
Rodeo Salinas Family prepares to celebrate this holiday season, we wish all of
our volunteers, fans, sponsors and media partners a happy, peaceful, warm
celebration with family and friends and ask that you please take a moment to
watch the following short video about the California Rodeo’s
Livestock Welfare Program.
As you may be aware, once again animal extremist groups have
chosen to target the California Rodeo with the goal of ending the sport of
rodeo and 104 years of California Rodeo Salinas tradition. The latest
publicized allegations by these extremists present no new claims and we are
confident they will be discredited as they have been in the past. The
California Rodeo is committed to the proper care and handling of all rodeo
livestock and we continue to partner with the Monterey County SPCA and provide
full access to the rodeo grounds at all times. In addition, the
California Rodeo has provided local media behind the scenes tours providing the
opportunity to see these incredible animal athletes up close and personal,
confirming the health of all livestock that participate in the Rodeo during Big
As we move toward the holiday season we wish the best for
all rodeo livestock and especially the medical professionals who serve on the
Veterinarian Committee of the California Rodeo. These incredibly committed,
hardworking individuals have dedicated their lives, their livelihood, and their
families to insure the health of all animals. The California Rodeo is grateful
for that commitment and indebted to these professionals for their service to
the livestock that participate in our Rodeo.
This tactic of attacking veterinary professionals who have
dedicated their entire lives to serving animals strikes us as particularly
egregious. All of us with animals at home know the dedication of our local
Veterinarians, and we can relate to the care and commitment that they exhibit
every day to the health and well-being of our animals. They are heroes!
The California Rodeo Salinas Staff and Volunteers wish each
of you a wonderful holiday and thank you for your continued support of our
efforts to preserve our western heritage and support local
Livestock Welfare Information
The California Rodeo Salinas is at the forefront of livestock welfare and has been actively involved in the push for awareness for many years. We follow all Professional Cowboy Association (PRCA) Rules as well as State laws regarding proper treatment of livestock. The California Rodeo Salinas goes above and beyond the call to provide proper care and handling for all livestock at our event.
Presently, there are 60 rules in place to ensure the proper care and treatment of rodeo animals. A few key directives include……
- A veterinarian must be on-site at all PRCA sanctioned rodeos
- Judges inspect all livestock an only allow healthy livestock to participate.
- All spurs must be dull
- Performance enhancing stimulants and hypnotics are not allowed
- No mistreatment of livestock, members found in violation may be disqualified, fined and/or suspended. This holds true in the competitive arena or anywhere on rodeo grounds.
- In the tie down roping, rules require the contestant to adjust their equipment and technique in order not to cause the calf to go over backwards. If the contestant is found in violation a fine and/or disqualification is levied.
- Flank straps used to enhance the bucking action of a horse bred to buck must be lined with neoprene or fleece.
- Steers used in team roping have a protective covering placed around their horns.
The PRCA has continuously called upon independent, on-site rodeo veterinarians at PRCA-sanctioned events to conduct livestock welfare surveys. The purpose of these surveys is to determine the rate of injury to livestock and the effectiveness of PRCA livestock welfare rules. Over the years, the results have continued to show a rate of injury that is very very very low, averaging .0005. Overwhelmingly, our on-site rodeo veterinarians comment that livestock are healthy and well-suited to rodeo competition.
Results of the 2010 Survey
· Total animal exposures: 60,244
· Number of Rodeo performances: 148
· Sections of slack: 70
· Number of injuries: 28
· Injury rate: .00046