More and more states are exempting rodeos from anti-cruelty laws to protect animals. Seventeen states completely exempt rodeos from their cruelty laws. These states do not provide alternative coverage for animals and do not provide protection for livestock, just like the Animal Welfare Act. Other states exclude only „rodeo practices currently accepted by the Professional Rodeo Association.” MB. Ann. Stat. § 578.007(5). In this case, the horse`s stumbling, the use of acute spores and electric shocks, cruel treatment outside of what is done to get the animal to perform, and unnecessary damage to the animal can still be recognized as cruelty because such activities do not comply with the rules of the PRCA. PRCA rules do not protect farm animals as well as cruelty laws do protect animals like cats and dogs, but an exception like this is better than a full exception. Oregon and Indiana go even further by exempting only rodeos that do not cause serious injury or use gross negligence in their practices. Of course, these are vague terms that could easily be limited by judicial interpretation, but they offer more protection than other states.
A rodeo animal that breaks its neck or back, has extensive bruising or internal bleeding, or has broken ankles or tendons should be protected under these laws. People have been worried about the welfare of the animals used in rodeos since they became an official event at the turn of the twentieth century. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) was founded around the 1940s and created limited rules for the treatment of rodeo animals. While the rules aren`t as strict as animal rights activists would like, they have become a common practice in most rodeos in America. The PRCA is the leading rodeo organization and sanctions more than 600 rodeos annually. Its members and breeders respect its rules on animal welfare. Rodeo organizations that are not members of the PRCA generally follow its guidelines. The rodeo industry has made some efforts to develop national wellness standards and guidelines. To be effective, wherever rodeos take place, these standards must be binding, contain appropriate provisions, and be strictly enforced in all states/territories to protect against serious risks to animal welfare. Improvements in rodeo animal welfare are most evident in state and city laws. In 2018, thirteen states banned the tripping of horses. Rhode Island has an entire chapter in its animal welfare title dedicated to rodeos.
It is the only state to ban the traditional version of „calf rope” and tax trips, both of which are criticized as cruel by their supporters. Other cities and counties prohibit harmful devices (such as some flank belts) and some have laws that require veterinarians to be present with full authority to intervene. Some places have banned rodeos altogether, such as the California cities of Chino Hills, Irvine, Laguna Woods and Pasadena. Allegations of cruelty in American rodeos persist. The PRCA acknowledges that it only sanctions about 30% of all rodeos, 50% are sanctioned by other organizations and 20% are absolutely not allowed.  Several animal rights and welfare organizations keep records of accidents and incidents of possible animal abuse.  They cite various specific injury incidents in support of their claims, and also cite examples of long-term incidents, as well as reports of injuries and deaths suffered by animals at events other than the rodeo on the sidelines of the professional rodeo, such as Chuck cart races and Suicide Runs. [Clarification required] As for statistics on the rate of animal injuries in rodeos, there do not appear to be any more recent independent studies than the 1994 study.  Roy A (2018) Report on the analysis of data collected during the Montreal and St-Tite rodeos in Quebec (August and September 2017), „Applicant`s Report – Part II”. However, regardless of strengthening legislation or implementing binding standards, the RSPCA rejects rodeos because animals used exclusively for sports and entertainment can cause significant injury, suffering or suffering. There are few laws that protect animals that are forced to work in rodeos. The Federal Animal Protection Act exempts rodeos from the protection it provides for animals.
Some states exempt rodeos from their anti-cruelty laws, while other states comply with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association`s clearly inadequate regulations to assess whether animal cruelty occurred in rodeos.  MacLennan C (2018) The legal status of rodeo in New Zealand. New Zealand Animal Rights Association. Ultimately, rodeo animals are protected on a small scale, but there is a lack of substantial federal and state regulations. Complete rodeo exceptions in cruelty laws may need to be considered by state legislators. Any changes could be tightly framed so as not to disrupt commercial agriculture, and limited enough to perpetuate the nature and traditions of the rodeo. There is convincing evidence that rodeo animals experience stress and pain caused directly by humans and may need more protection beyond the non-binding rules of the rodeo organizations themselves or bans by individual cities. This achieves a balance that recognizes the cultural heritage of rodeos and the need to ensure the health and safety of these sentient animals used for entertainment. Injuries are not limited to the rodeos themselves. For example, a calf may be roped repeatedly during workouts until the calf suffers injuries that require its replacement.
The information presented here is not intended to be used for legal advice purposes and you should seek advice from the competent authority and/or a lawyer about your personal situation. California: § 596.7. rodeos; Veterinarians show up at the shows; Violation of section, West`s Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 596.7. This law, which regulates rodeos, requires that the animals involved have access to veterinary care and requires the treatment of injured rodeo animals. This law prohibits the use of an electric shock as soon as an animal is in the barn slide, unless it is necessary to protect participants or spectators. Violations of this article are violations that may be punishable by a fine. The lack of federal or state oversight may be due in part to the traditional self-regulatory nature of rodeo.