The Los Angeles City Council moved forward on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with a proposal to ban the use of electric cattle prods, spurs and other devices in rodeos.

The council voted 15-0 to request that the city attorney craft an ordinance banning “electric prods or shocking devices, flank or bucking straps, wire tiedowns, and sharpened or fixed spurs or rowels at all rodeo or rodeo related events in the city of Los Angeles.”

The motion asked that L.A.’s ordinance be modeled after the one enacted in Pittsburgh in 1992.

If the ordinance is approved, such a ban could prevent rodeos and other shows from taking place within city limits, depending on how essential the tools are in training the animals used in such events. A prohibition on the use of bull hooks in elephant shows that was adopted in Los Angeles several years ago, and soon after was adopted statewide, has prevented traveling circuses that feature elephant shows from performing in the region.

“Action to address inhumane treatment of animals at rodeos and rodeo-like events is long overdue,” according to the original motion authored by Councilman Bob Blumenfield and seconded by Councilman Mitch O’ Farrell.

The motion said that rodeos frequently use electric prods, flank straps and spurs to provoke aggressive responses from animals, for the sake of entertaining audiences, but these implements can cause injury during such common events as bull- and bronco-riding, steer-wrestling and calf-roping.

The motion stated that there are currently rodeo events, using such instruments, taking place within the city and county.

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Similar restrictions against common rodeo implements such as electric prods are already in place in California, including in Pasadena, Irvine and Napa County, the motion said, with bans also in force in Fort Wayne, Indiana; St. Petersburg, Florida; Southampton, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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