This is a fast note about pending legislation in the State of Nevada against the practice known as “horse tripping.” SB 72 has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources If a hearing date is set we will publish.
WHE’s focus is wild horses but issues involving all our equines are heating up and you will see posts over the next week that deal with issues beyond the scope of wild horses.
This bill is simply an anti-cruelty bill. This Bill is not an anti-rancher, anti-rodeo, anti-western way of life, anti-culture nor anything other than an anti-cruelty proposal.
First proposed last session the Bill created an misinformation campaign designed to halt it’s passage. That campaign was successful in creating a fear storm that all rodeo events in the state would be cancelled. The fear storm included accusations that the Bill was proposed from out of state anti-rodeo organizations like PeTa and HSUS. This was not the case as it came from the states ASPCA that actually receives large donations from Reno Rodeo to run spay and neuter clinics. This bill was (and is) sponsored by State Senator Mark Manendo.
The misinformation campaign also included testimony that horse tripping did not occur in the state of Nevada and therefore the Bill was not needed. This statement came at the time a horse tripping event was occurring in Winnemicca. If public debate is to occur on the validity of the need for legislation at least it must occur based on valid information. Video at the bottom of this page to show the event.
The Bill in part:
AN ACT relating to cruelty to animals; prohibiting a person from engaging in horse tripping or steer tailing for sport, entertainment, competition or practice; prohibiting a person from knowingly organizing, sponsoring, promoting, overseeing or receiving admission money for a horse tripping or steer tailing event; prohibiting a person from using a cattle prod on the face of an animal; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. (click on image to read in pdf format).
Currently three counties in the state of NV have a ban on horse tripping; Nye, Lyon and Clark.
Many states also have bans on horse tripping including the state of Texas, that also runs the largest American Rodeo in the nation. The ban on horse tripping did not effect any event in Houston.
An interesting observation on the blatant disregard for the law has an event scheduled in September for the “World Series” of Charreria, the type of rodeo that includes horse tripping. The event is scheduled to occur at the South Point arena and equestrian center in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is in Clark County.
Clark County, 10.32.250: No person shall intentionally trip or cause to fall, or lasso or rope the legs of, any equine animal by the legs or cause by any means whatsoever for the purpose of entertainment, sport, practice, or contest in conjunction with, but not limited to, rodeos, charreadas, animal racing, or pulling contests.
This bill is NOT a cultural attack on rodeo or the community in any way, shape or form. Many that compete in Charreada exhibit beautiful horses, excellent rope work and cultural display. It is a shame that the entire event is colored by archaic (not a representative of what is accepted in America in 2013) practices. It could be argued that cock fighting, dog fighting, bull fighting, child labor, wife beating and segregation of schools are cultural practices. Yet none of those practices are acceptable in the United States of America in the year 2013.
If you would like to make an intelligent comment directly related to the Bill click the link to go to the State Senate form: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/77th2013/A/
The video below is of an event that occurred at the exact same time that testimony was given to the State Legislature that horse tripping DID NOT occur in the state of Nevada. IF public debate is to occur on the enactment of a LAW by the state SENATE than at the very least public debate MUST occur on the facts of an issue. It would be a real shame IF debate on this issue deteriorates again into a sensationalized spectacle instead of a debate on a basic cruelty law. REMEMBER officials in THREE counties in the state of Nevada already passed county laws and MANY states in the nation already have laws against these practices.