The rodeo and the circus are coming to Puget Sound over the next few weeks — two great opportunities to educate people about the cruelty involved in using animals for public entertainment.
This rodeo is this weekend at the state fair in Puyallup. Rodeos commonly use something called a “hotshot” — an electrical jolt — to get animals riled up while they’re in the chute. While in the ring, the animals often wear “bucking straps” that burn their abdomens and groins and make them buck. That’s what you can’t see; then there’s calf roping and other obvious torments.
You can help educate people who aren’t aware of the pain, injury and deaths caused by rodeos by attending a demo this weekend:
When: Saturday, Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Meet at corner of 9th Ave SW & 4th St SW, Puyallup WA
Its cruelties are well-documented, and earlier this year Ringling Brothers said it will stop using elephants in shows — although the animals will be retired to Ringling’s breeding facility. Ringling also uses big cats and other animals in its shows (it does not bring the big cats to Puget Sound).
You can help educate people about the torment that animals suffer in the circus at these demos just before each circus show in September and October:
ShoWare Center in Kent
When: Sept. 24 (5:30 p.m.), Sept. 25 (5:30 p.m.), Sept. 26 (10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.), Sept. 27 (11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
Xfinity Arena in Everett
When: Oct. 1 (5:30 p.m.), Oct. 2 (5:30 p.m.), Oct. 3 (10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.), Oct. 4 (11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
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