San Francisco Bay Area county votes to ban weird and brutal wild cow milking rodeo event

A California county has voted to ban a brutal and controversial rodeo event involving attacking cows and forcibly milking them.

Supervisors in Alameda County in San Francisco’s East Bay voted unanimously last week to ban the event after hours of angry comments from the public and vets – as well as comments from cowpokes and fans who supported the continuation of the event.

In “wild cow milking”, a cow is separated from her calf, let loose in an arena, lassoed and wrestled into submission by a team of cowboys so that one of them can milk her by force.

Animal rights activists have long condemned the event as “one of the most offensive” rodeos.

“Not only is it ridiculous and extremely abusive, but it is also dangerous and can prove deadly” when injured cows have to be slaughtered, In Defense of Animals said in a statement.

Although supervisors voted to ban the event, they refused to ban the use of spurs and bucking straps that induce bulls to rear – something animal rights activists had also demanded.

A representative from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which does not officially sanction feral cow milking events, said the organization was happy with the two votes.

Erin Dobrzyn, an activist with In Defense of Animals, welcomed the vote to ban wild cow milking, which she said in a statement would “protect lactating mother cows separated from their nursing babies. , to be subjected to this painful event”.

County Supervisor Richard Valle, who lobbied for the trafficking ban, said at Tuesday’s meeting, “Animals, they don’t get on the podium. They don’t get a chance to talk. Who speaks for them?

Although the ban was approved by the board, it still needs to be reviewed by supervisors before it can go into effect 30 days after passage. The next reading should take place in October.

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