Tell Utah to Ban Horse Tripping Cruelty!

  • by: Chris Wolverton
  • recipient: Utah Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee

Utah entertainers still practice horse tripping, a cruel sport in which a person lassos a horse's legs and tries to bring it to the ground. State representative Ken Ivory, an avid horseman, introduced a bill that would ban the mean-spirited practice, but backed off before presenting the bill to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee during their February 23 meeting.

Critics worry that banning horse tripping would pave the way for banning all rodeo events, but this fear is unfounded. 13 states, including Texas and Oklahoma, banned the cruel practice, and several of these have strong rodeo traditions.

Horses are loyal, hard-working animals with easily-injured limbs. Horse tripping demeans them, endangers them and serves no purpose. Please stand up for horses and urge Utah to move forward with legislation to ban horse tripping!

We, the undersigned, are concerned with the practice of horse tripping, a cruel sport in which a person lassos a horse's legs and tries to bring it to the ground. We understand that state representative Ken Ivory, an avid horseman, introduced a bill that would ban the mean-spirited practice, but backed off before presenting the bill to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Standing Committee during their February 23 meeting. We still believe it is important to move forward with a ban.

Critics worry that banning horse tripping would pave the way for banning all rodeo events, but this fear is unfounded. 13 states, including Texas and Oklahoma, banned the cruel practice, and several of these have strong rodeo traditions.

Horses are loyal, hard-working animals with easily-injured limbs. Horse tripping demeans them, endangers them and serves no purpose. We respectfully urge you to stand up for horses and ban horse tripping in Utah!

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