Chile marched against the rodeo

Chile marched against the rodeo

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Under the name of "National March against Rodeo in Chile #NoEsDeporte", hundreds of people walked along the Alameda, expressing their position on animal abuse.

The specific request of the protesters was "to demand that the rodeo and its animal abuse cease to be a sport, allowing local prohibitions or the cessation of the delivery of public resources.

For various pro-animalist expressions, the way in which certain sectors mistreat animals is a pattern of how they reproduce within society with respect to the use of violence. Large estate and patriarchal sectors and those of colonial origin are the main ones that promote this type of activity, which includes conservative political sectors that protect it. For some activists, its practice is rather sectarian –associated with specific groups- and obsolete, which is why they question its character as a national sport. “Nowadays keeping an animal and everything that implies when it comes to rodeo is very expensive.It is something totally elitist "says Ányelo Soto Allende, an activist with the Chilean Society for Animal Protection.


The rodeo involves serious torture and animal abuse.It is perhaps one of the most obvious reasons for rejection. To carry it out, the participating steers must withstand strong blows that result in bruises, fractures, internal spills and even death. Horses, on the other hand, also suffer injuries when used to ram steers, calves, and cows.

“There is damage. It's undeniable. The federations always say that they have regulations and that they have been standardizing the forms, but what is concrete and what one sees is that the animal suffer great damage. It is a steer weighing 200 or 300 kilos that is hit by a 400 kilos animal at full speed against a wall.

Animals suffer rib fractures, many times they do not want to stop because of the blows. And what they do is poke them ", explains Pablo Reyes, veterinary doctor and president of Fundación Ceba.

There are two types of prods that are used in competition: steel or electric. These are used to force the animals to stop or, in advance of the rodeo, to encourage them to run and participate.

Animalists and activists from various organizations also assure thatthe animals are mistreated also during their confinement in the stables and that the chase in the croissants puts significant psychological stress on them.

AccordingMauricio Serrano, spokesperson for theNGO Animal Libre, there are records that show “that the animals do not want to be part of the activity. Then, in order to force them, they are kicked, slapped in the face, twisted tail and electric blows ”.

While the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights states that “no animal will be subjected to mistreatment or cruel acts”, in Chile, the rodeo continues to be defended in the name of Chilean traditions. Yet a traditional practice of chasing and ramming a frightened calf in front of a crowd calls today, more than ever, to question the cultural and ethical nature of an entire nation.

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Video: Rodeo Campeones de Chile (June 2022).


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