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Please take a moment to watch the following short video about the California Rodeo’s Livestock Program.

Livestock Welfare Information
The California Rodeo Salinas is at the forefront of livestock care and has been actively involved in the push for awareness for many years. We follow all Professional Rodeo 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 over 70 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 and 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. The most recent survey shows a safety percentage rate of 99.899%. 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

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Rodeo fans, please listen up. You may know that the sport of Rodeo is often under attack by animal rights extremists who spread untruths about the industry to the public and politicians in hopes of ending Rodeo.

The Historic Western Sports Industry Coalition was born from the necessity to tell our story and to stop the ban of rodeo and rodeo like events. PETA has been enlisting folks to make comments and they are a big machine. We need every rodeo fan and contestant to do two small things. Go to the Western Justice Facebook or website, click on the petition and fill it out, then click on the city council comment link and your response can be as simple is “I don’t support this ordinance” or “I support rodeo” … But if you have time make it more personal please do. There has never been a more important time to “Help Out” and show up for our Western Heritage. Western Justice is working hard to ensure our lifestyle endures for generations to come. www.westernjustice.Info is a membership-based organization so please become a member.

Here is the link to the LA CITY CLERK to register your comments: Public Comment Form (

Here is a link to a sample letter: Microsoft Word - LA SUPPORTERS Form Letter 5.7.21 (

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