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Rodeo Horses need your help!

August 17, 2013


The current ban will stay in place. Details HERE.


We need your help!  We are having a war here in Las Vegas about changing our Clark County Ordinance which currently BANS horse tripping.  The Ordinance bans the roping or lassoing of horses legs but “they” want to change it because their Super Bowl of Charreada Rodeo is here at the South Point Casino & Hotel at the end of September and they want to be able to rope their legs all day long.

A few emails will only take a few minutes and will make a big difference for the horses!  Please consider sending off a couple of emails.  Even if you don’t live in Las Vegas -they care about the tourist’s opinion also. Pass on to others also.

There will be a County Commission meeting on Aug 20th and we need lots of emails to go to the chair and vice-chair before then.

They voted against any change and you can THANK them but they may be influenced to change their mind.  That is why we need to contact them.


The two members we would like to contact are:

Steve Sisolak – Chair of the Clark Co. Commissioners at:
and Larry Brown, Co-Chair at:

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Dear Chair Sisolak and Co-Chair Brown,

Thank you for your compassionate stance regarding the ban on horse tripping.  Please note that I, too, am against ANY change in the current county ordinance which bans horse tripping.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent appeal.

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dear humans.
we think you should
get a grip.
you would not like it
if you were tripped.
so what is such
a rodeo?
a spectacle of cruelty
where no one should

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


48 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 17, 2013 11:41 am

    dear humans.
    we think you should
    get a grip.
    you would not like it
    if you were tripped.
    so what is such
    a rodeo?
    a spectacle of cruelty
    where no one should


    • August 17, 2013 11:55 am

      Thank you, hon, it’s perfect!


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        August 17, 2013 11:59 am

        you are so very welcome, and thank you♥

        i hope we are truly heard!


    • catwhispurrer permalink
      August 19, 2013 11:40 am

      You nailed it again Karen!!! A RODEO is a place that NO-ONE should GO!!!


  2. August 17, 2013 1:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  3. Zephr permalink
    August 17, 2013 3:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Loki’s Gift.


  4. narhvalur permalink
    August 17, 2013 3:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  5. August 17, 2013 4:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog and commented:
    Please take action and re-blog after.


  6. August 17, 2013 4:57 pm

    Here is the video of rodeo tripping – sorry sent you the wrong one above.


    • August 17, 2013 4:59 pm

      Thank you. That is SO angering and horrific. I really am ashamed to be part of a species that acts so maliciously. I will add the video to the post, thank you, again.


      • August 17, 2013 5:02 pm

        You are a human angel for sharing and trying to educate people. I have never seen this before looked it up under google. I stopped going to the Rodeo many years ago after a horse broke its neck and was put down. I am still sick that I brought my young children to the Rodeo. This is not what i remember the rodeo being about abuse is abuse. The video does not lie.


        • August 17, 2013 5:04 pm

          I completely agree. I went to the rodeo ONCE when I was about five years old. Even back then I thought it was wrong. I never went back, 😦 The animals are treated with barbarism and speciesism, with no consideration to their innate sentience and capacity to both suffer and feel love, such as human animals. I will never understand or approve. Thank you for your kind words, YOU are an angel. 🙂


  7. August 18, 2013 5:22 am

    Just sent this lemail letter to both addresses & will share with others.

    Dear Chair Sisolak and Co-Chair Brown,

    RE: Upcoming Rodeo in Las Vegas

    Thank you for your compassionate stance regarding the ban on horse tripping.
    For the record, we are against any change to the current county ordinance which bans horse
    and hopefully calf or bull tripping as well, which we understand is now under review, to
    accommodate the interests of the rodeo in September.

    We would like to advise you that our family, most of our friends and many colleagues will be
    boycotting Las Vegas for all future holidays for as long as this kind of rodeo entertainment
    is allowed, and will not take any more gambling vacations unless & until this is banned
    forever. It is a cruel and senseless form of “entertainment” causing great distress,
    suffering and death to intelligent, sentient beings. There are many other alternate rodeo
    “events” where the animals are not so obviously abused and put at needless risk.

    Thank you for your stewardship on this issue, and may good common sense continue to prevail.



  8. August 18, 2013 11:32 am

    Thank you so much, Cat, it is much appreciated. (Are there non-animal events at the rodeo?)


    • catwhispurrer permalink
      August 19, 2013 11:53 am

      Your point is well taken Stacey. There should be NO RODEOS PERIOD. But I find, in writing to these people, it is usually more effective to take “baby steps” against a “cowboy mentality” by attacking the worst things first, before demanding a ban of the whole institution altogether. Although I have never supported the rodeo nor animal circus, even as a youngster as far back as I can remember, I could not tolerate seeing ANY animal hurt in any way. Most children recognize abuse when they see or experience it, and most have a natural instinct against it. Too bad though that so many lose touch with their empathy when they become adults & money takes precedence over good sense & common decency.


      • August 19, 2013 11:59 am

        Wonderful reasoning, Catwhispurrer, I understand your point. Thanks for explaining. 🙂


  9. August 18, 2013 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on "R"HubBlog.


  10. monika mccomb permalink
    August 18, 2013 1:26 pm

    all the abuse and exploitation to human amusement , has to stop


  11. August 18, 2013 10:38 pm

    Wonderful Karen!


  12. August 20, 2013 7:50 am

    My horse is a victim of horse tripping and i’m telling the world about it with my new book. See the powerful trailer here: I hope this doesn’t arrive too late.


    • August 20, 2013 10:25 am

      Thank you so much, Catherine, I will include the trailer on the alert.


      • August 20, 2013 11:40 am

        Thank you Stacey. I’m so glad the Nevada Commissioner watched it this morning. I just know it will help in his decision to ban horse tripping. I feel it in my bones. He knows the book, REZ HORSE, will just fan the flames again and unless he bans horse tripping one and for all, there will be no peace.


    • catwhispurrer permalink
      August 20, 2013 10:52 am

      Just watching your wonderful trailer brought tears to my eyes! You could see & feel the terrible suffering in just a few short clips. Thank you for not giving up on Biscuit and for making a professional video to educate the world about the horrors of Horse Tripping!! WTH kind of people would design & execute such an archaic, barbaric, illogical & clearly abusive event like this??? It is CRIMINAL by any definition. Animal Rights trump Human Wrongs!!


      • August 20, 2013 10:54 am

        “Animal Rights trump Human Wrongs”. Perfectly said, that should be a tag line.


        • catwhispurrer permalink
          August 20, 2013 11:17 am

          There was a similar phrase posted in a comment on one of the animal petitions I was signing which resonated with me too Stacey, so please go ahead & use it wherever you like, on behalf of abused animals everywhere.


          • August 20, 2013 11:37 am

            Thank you Catwhispurrer for watching my video. I sent that same video to the Nevada Commissioner this morning and his secretary said she was going to deliver my email to him before he walks into the courtroom. That means my video will be fresh on his mind when he makes his decision…I’ll be holding my breath awaiting the decisions.


          • August 20, 2013 12:08 pm

            Please keep us updated, thank you so much!


          • August 20, 2013 12:08 pm

            Thank you so much, Catwhispurrer!


    • catwhispurrer permalink
      August 20, 2013 12:21 pm

      Just wondering when and where we can purchase your book REZ HORSE Catherine? Maybe you could post a link here whenever it is available. I am hopeful too that the Nevada Commissioner will be positively affected by the video & letters pleading the case to put the lives of innocent, intelligent creatures above greedy profits & macho stupidity.


      • August 20, 2013 12:59 pm

        Hi Catwhispurer (coolest name evERRR),

        I’m aiming for 2 – 3 weeks. If this craziness doesn’t get banned, I want to take Biscuit to one of those events and he and I will stand on the road to the entrance of the rodeo grounds and I’ll hold up a big sign that says, “MY HORSE SURVIVED AN EVENT SUCH AS THIS BUT MANY OF HIS FRIENDS DID NOT. PLEASE TURN AROUND AND GO HOME.”


        • catwhispurrer permalink
          August 20, 2013 4:41 pm

          That would be a very powerful (kick-ass) SIGN for rodeo supporters to read Catherine!! If they fail to uphold the ban in Las Vegas, I will there with you and Biscuit in spirit, along with a tweetstorm of others in solidarity against it!! ~^..^~


          • August 20, 2013 6:04 pm

            You two are amazing. Please let me know what I can do to facilitate a protest. I am more than willing to publish an alert. Thank you.


          • catwhispurrer permalink
            August 20, 2013 7:43 pm

            You have already have done so much with Our Compass on this and countless other causes, Stacey. Hopefully, we will only have to say “Thank You” when this campaign succeeds!!


          • catwhispurrer permalink
            August 20, 2013 8:35 pm

            Thanks for that WONDERFUL NEWS… which just made my day! I have to believe that Our Compass activists held some sway in the 3 hours of passionate debate, to uphold the ban ~ Yay! 😀 Woo Hoooo!!!


          • August 21, 2013 8:00 am

            I know, this is awesome, and we helped! Yay!


          • August 20, 2013 9:04 pm

            Thanks to you so very much, Cat, it appears as if we won! Yay!


          • August 20, 2013 8:50 pm

            Thank you so much! I will add that update gladly. Good work!



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