Stop the Cruelty at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo

Join us in demanding an end to two particularly egregious events at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Castro Valley, California - wild cow milking and mutton busting.

What is wild cow milking? A distressed mother cow is separated from her calf and forced into arena. Two men on horseback chase her down, violently rope her, and then forcibly milk her.

You can see a video of this event here:

What is mutton busting? Children as young as four are allowed to ride petrified sheep as part of a competition. Injuries to children are not uncommon.

Rodeos are terrible for animals, but these two events are particularly cruel and unnecessary.

Sign the petition today and demand the Hayward Area Recreation Park District remove the two non-sanctioned events of wild cow milking and mutton busting at this year’s and all future rodeos.

I am distressed to learn that wild cow milking and "mutton" busting are two events included at this year's Rowell Ranch Rodeo. 

Both of these events are harmful, unnecessary, and cruel to the animals forced to participate. And allowing children to ride sheep is dangerous. Neither of these events teach proper care of other animals or compassion and respect. 

Put an end to these two events at the upcoming Rodeo and all future rodeos. 

Update #17 years ago
Thank you for signing the petition! We presented the signatures to the Hayward Park Area District Board. They did not reply. The rodeo went on as planned, but don't be discouraged!

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Thank you for your support. It is with your support and dedication that these issues are brought to light. Thank you.

-Marji Beach, Education Director, Animal Place
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