I think by now, most of us know that nothing pisses off a PSA like people being kind to horses and having concern about their welfare. I’m talking about all horses ,and not the few unfortunate ones that find themselves belonging to a PSA. There are a few PSAs that profess to like their own horses and even treat them decently as long as they are `earning their keep’, but they are in the minority for that group. However, I can’t even count how many times I have seen a PSA take the annoying cop-out that they would never slaughter one of their own horses because they are too special, but what the country so desperately needs is the ability to slaughter all the `other’ horses out there so people will be nice to them. As hard as I’ve tried, I still can’t follow that logic or comprehend the ability to separate their own horses from all the other horses out there. As a direct result of the PSA’s sense of entitlement and flagrant lack of compassion, they truly hate it when any legislation is introduced that might make it harder to get away with mistreating and abusing horses, or any other animal for that matter. They consider it a violation of their rights and the ability to treat their `property’ as they see fit and it usually motivates them to rally the troops and express their outrage.
Even though most PSAs are currently distracted by the very real prospect of Oklahoma allowing horse slaughter again, some of them have discovered that Oregon has introduced Bill 2901 in recent weeks and they are super pissed about it. HB 2901 (http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hb2900.dir/hb2901.intro.html) would make horse tripping for entertainment a Class B misdemeanor. The penalty for conviction of a Class B in Oregon is a maximum of 6 months in prison and/or a $2500 fine. The actual wording of HB 2901 is as follows:
“A person commits the offense of equine tripping if the person intentionally causes an equine to trip or fall, or intentionally ropes or lassos the legs of an equine for the purposes of a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment, or sport or as practice for a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment or sport”
Horse tripping is not only cruel and gross, it is already banned in several states such as Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Oklahoma (really!), Texas and Nebraska. It is barbaric and completely unnecessary to do. Horses used for tripping often suffer catastrophic injuries for the entertainment of a few rednecks. It is a favorite event at Mexican Rodeos and one of our former Sunday PSAs is not only an advocate for it, but also an active participant. (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/name-that-psa/) Unsurprisingly, The United Horsemen think it’s great too and Slaughterhouse Sue and her lap-dog, Douchebag Duquette, think horse tripping is great and have, in the past, joined the fight to keep it legal.
Do you know where they get the horses to trip? Mostly they `lease’ them off kill buyers. Very few horses will survive the season, but the PSAs don’t want anybody to know about that because they are still saying that Kill Buyers are great guys and slaughter is not only `humane’, but it gives horses back their dignity. I guess further public torture and suffering before you head off to the feedlot to get slaughtered is dignified to these people. You know what else happens to the horses these assholes use if they survive the rodeo? Many of them get hauled off to a remote location an abandoned because they don’t want to pay to properly dispose of them and the KBs won’t take them back. These wouldn’t happen to be some of these unwanted horses that get turned loose because they have no value would they? No wonder PSAs don’t want this type of thing banned.
I think most non PSA horse people would think that any legislation that would outlaw this `sport’ is a good thing. Hell, even most people that aren’t into horses would take a look at this `sport’ and find it disturbing. However, Oregon is the hotbed for buckaroo culture and with that comes a whole other bunch of asstards that like to get their jollies by abusing animals. (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/hey-mr-buckaroo-why-are-you-such-an-asshat/)Big Loop rodeo is a favorite pastime of buckaroos, with the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo probably being their most famous. Naturally horse roping is one the biggest crowd pullers. Buckaroos will tell you that what they do is not the same as horse tripping and their horses are supplied by stock contractors. They will tell you that done properly, the horses won’t fall but are `laid down’, but you can watch this video and decide for yourself : (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7djtzbckE). Doesn’t it look like those horses are having a great time and feeling all dignified? Yes folks, they defend all this because they claim it to be their culture and tradition. It doesn’t matter there is no reason to do this to a horse at all, the buckaroos think that outlawing this practice for entertainment, and that’s really all H2901 is seeking to do, means they can’t continue to be assholes in the privacy of their own ranches. With a textbook display of PSA paranoia, they think that if this gets passed, it will lead to an end to all horse sports and ranching practices. Seriously.
HB2901 just had its first reading on February 11th of this year. It still needs to pass the House and Senate before it can be signed into law. You can track the bill here : (http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2013/HB2901/). They have struck similar legislation down in Oregon before, so make your voices heard and support it. It is barbaric activities like this that fuels the slaughter pipeline. Horses used in tripping are ruined for all else usually. If they survive it at all, how else are they going to dispose of them quietly? It is no coincidence that besides Slaughterhouse Sue and Douchebag Duquette, three of our featured PSAs have been avid horse tripping and Big Loop enthusiasts. (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/sundays-psa-6/)(http//shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/sundays-psa-4/) They defend this practice as part of their culture and way of life. I guess that means that we should have never given women the vote or abolished slavery because those things were also part of culture and the way of life for many people. I’d like to think that society in general has evolved and we don’t have to cling to archaic and barbaric traditions to accomplish what we need. Practices like this are not needed to break horses or get through life on a ranch at all. Most sane ranchers will tell you that the less stress and rough handling you put on any stock, the better off it is for the stock and their bottom lines. It is strictly for `entertainment’ and making it a misdemeanor is the only way you can even hope to penetrate the thick Cro-magnon skulls of these hold-outs. It’s called progress and society in general will not tolerate this needless cruelty and suffering. The only problem is that society in general doesn’t usually know about these activities or why it cruel. Because of this, they also aren’t aware when legislation like this is introduced. People tend to focus only on that which affects them directly. That’s where we come in. Get the word out in Oregon. Let’s get this passed!