The rodeo industry is attempting to capitalize on the worldwide attention
that the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT is certain to garner. The
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has convinced the Salt Lake
Organizing Committee (SLOC) to produce a rodeo as a part of the Olympic's
Arts and Culture Festival in February. Although the PCRA likes to tout
rodeo as a way for Americans to celebrate their "great Western Heritage,"
the reality is that the animals used in bronc riding, bull riding, calf
roping, and steer wrestling are unwilling participants who are often
mishandled and abused by rodeo participants, with serious injuries
sometimes resulting. SLOC president Mitt Romney has appeared open to
suggestions that the rodeo's role in Olympic festivities be eliminated, or
at least vastly curtailed.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Mitt Romney, and
Governor Mike Leavitt and ask them to keep rodeo abuses OUT of the
Olympics. Tell them at the very least, the most abusive events, such as
calf-roping, should be eliminated.
Salt Lake Organizing Committee
299 S. Main St., Ste. 1300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
210 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84144
The PRCA has already been flooding the Governor and the SLOC with letters
supporting the rodeo, so our letters in opposition are especially
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