I’m going to see if I can stump most of you with our PSA poster child this week and pick somebody that maybe isn’t as into the Facebook drama as most PSAs. He is, however, one of the bigger pieces of crap out there. He supports slaughter and some other disgustingly cruel practices with horses. Thank you to one of our regulars here for putting this one on my radar. Since he’s so proud of himself, I’m sure he won’t mind the publicity. Are you ready?
I always like to start off by letting our PSA speak for themselves. That way you can formulate your own opinion and see if you can name that PSA on your own.
“My name is XXXX and I have been a Charro for over 20 years. During that time Charreada has been attacked as being cruel and barbaric by the animal rights industry. Specifically they denounce mangana, piales and cola. They call the first two horse tripping and the last steer tailing. With reference to the first two, they claim most of the horses used die or have to be put down. This is absolutely false. Yes on very very few occasions, horses are killed, just like they are sometimes killed in steeplechase, cross country, and even rodeo. Like all the events, involving livestock, there is a danger to both the human and animal precipitants, but that danger is minimum.”
– He may be right that most of the horses used for tripping don’t die in the actual arena, but they don’t exactly get up and walk away and live happy lives either. They are traumatized and often crippled. This PSA has posted numerous YouTube videos in defense of his beloved `culture’ but fails to mention where they get the horses for tripping or what becomes of them after. We’ll get to that shortly.
“The 4pm live broadcast Charreada on DeCharros.com had some fantastic competitors. Only two pial caught with one rope broken, but the first 9 mangana were caught in a row, with a total of 12 captures out of 18. Mangana is La Reyna de Los Suertes (The Queen of the Charreada events) . It is the catching of the front legs of a running mare and in traditional mangana, bringing it to the ground. That is what they do in Mexico. 9 states have made it illegal, in the United States. To do this the AR fanatics lied. They said most of the horses died. That is absolute nonsense. If you have been watching DeCharros, you will have seen that no horses seriously injured.
Even though the AR fanatics know the facts, they still call mangana cruel and barbaric. Which means the people who do it must be cruel and barbaric. Do you think it is a coincidence that Arizona passed the anti-mangana law and then passed the anti-immigrant law. Some Charros think it is OK for states to stop horse roping. I don’t because of the implication. It implies that people I know are good and honorable are cruel and barbaric. That should never be tolerated.”
– There is nothing `honorable’ and `good’ about making entertainment out of terrorizing and abusing animals. Yes, anybody that engages in this activity is not only cruel and barbaric, they are also asstards. Since our PSA is such an avid spokesmen for his `culture’ he may just be King of the Asstards.
“The anti-slaughterhouse movement mystifies me. What do you do with horses that do not make the cut. They are lame or blind. They just are not good enough to work. What do you do with horses when there is not enough food to feed them. The slaughterhouse is a lot better way to die then starvation. You probably are using or own something that has a horse product in it. If you own house pets, you absolutely have used something made from horse. The French and most Asians consider horse meat a delicacy. Just another form of protein. The point of the video is that mangana or what you call horse tripping is no more dangerous to horses then most equine events and it is less dangerous to them then some, like Steeplechase and Cross Country. Therefore it should not be banned.”
– Our PSA has quite a few online IDs and has been fighting to have the ban lifted on his beloved horse tripping for years. Thankfully, my tentacles reach far and wide. Is anybody really surprised that a horse tripper would support slaughter and think it’s a much needed outlet? This particular PSA has a trail all across the net in support of horse tripping. You can look him up if you want, but I suggest you do so on an empty stomach.
Before we get to our big reveal, let’s talk a little bit about horse tripping. This PSA whines and cries that it is part of his `culture’ and has been done for over 400 years. Remember, this is the same culture that thinks bull fighting is pretty cool too. I’ve been to a Mexican bull-fight (don’t ask) and I can tell you that it was probably the most disgusting display of abuse I have ever seen. Horse tripping has been outlawed in several states because it is cruel and barbaric. I’ve heard stories of them getting horses cheap or free off Craigslist, auction houses, thoroughbreds off the track and being leased from kill buyers. Once the horses are used for tripping they are basically ruined for all else, if they even survive long at all. Slaughter is almost always the end game for these animals, except in the rare cases a rescue has stepped in. Even in states that have banned this practice, it still goes on. Because these events are not sanctioned, it is difficult to get any hard numbers but I did manage to dig up this from the American Horse Defense Fund:
“There are no hard statistics are available on the number of horses used in charro rodeos. Most of these rodeos are not sanctioned or take place at small arenas without oversight. A source at one Riverside, CA feedlot reported that during one season before horse tripping was banned the lot leased 25 horses per weekend to two different charro rodeos. Approximately 2 to 5 of these horses displayed injuries serious enough that the animals were sent to slaughter every week. For each animal that went to slaughter, another from the feedlot replaced it on the charro circuit. During the 1992 season, 75 to 100 horses were leased from that particular lot to the two charro rodeos, but only 2 of the original horses survived until the season’s end.” – (http://www.ahdf.org/tripping.htm)
Our PSA is also supports the UH and regularly advertises his horse tripping extravaganzas on their page. He has found a nest of like-minded assholes that also get their jollies by mistreating animals for entertainment and ego boosts. “I would like to thank Sue Willis, for her help in Col., Org. and Nev., as a memebr of one of the first groups targeted by the multi millon dollar Animal Rights Industry, we appriciate all the help.” Naturally, Slaughterhouse Sue endorses horse tripping ….”you must be from the Charro Federation — so glad to be working with you! Working together is the only way to ever succeed, I am absolutely convinced of that…..I need to be sure and add you to our list of supporters — consider it done.” Do you know what I’m absolutely convinced of? I’m absolutely convinced that our PSA is at least as big of a douchebag as any of the other UH regulars.
This PSA likes to talk about his `culture’ and tradition. He thinks people are being racist because they are disgusted by his acts of cruelty. I’ll let you in on a little secret. My distant ancestors used to run around and scalp people that pissed them off. They don’t do that anymore because it’s frowned upon and not very civilized. It’s all well and good to have culture and traditions, but part of evolution and progress means we can leave barbaric and cruel practices behind. There is no earthly reason to be tripping horses anymore. Of course they are slaughter supporters because slaughter gives them a convenient garbage can for their sport. Run today’s PSA through a google or YouTube search along with `horse tripping’ and you’ll have endless hours of disgust. Have you guessed who I’m talking about yet? Please welcome our Sunday PSA….