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1 Daniel Ballard  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 8:46:03am

Hey CL,
Great catch. Our cruelty to animals is of the same dark maladaptive personality source as our cruelty to each other. Shine the light.

2 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 9:08:41am

re: #1 Daniel Ballard

Hey CL,
Great catch. Our cruelty to animals is of the same dark maladaptive personality source as our cruelty to each other. Shine the light.

I couldn't agree more. The video was sent to me by a friend who's very concerned about it. There's also an excellent series of articles over at Forbes on the horrible abuse of horses (drugging, slaughter, etc.)

Speaking of drugging I posted the following as a comment in a thread yesterday. The name made me giggle at first, but it's no laughing matter:

Frog Juice: Horse Racing’s New Doping Scandal
An illegal substance extracted from the skin of South American frogs both numbs pain and makes racehorses hyper -- the perfect combination from a sport already under fire over doping scandals.

More than 30 horses have now tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing substance that makes even the grossest doping scandal of human athletes pale in comparison. Apparently, horse owners have been paying chemists to squeeze frogs in South America and send the slime that drips off the amphibians’ backs to trainers in the United States. According to a report in the New York Times Tuesday, traffic in dermomorphin, a drug obtained from the skin of the Phyllomedusa sauvagei, commonly known as the waxy monkey tree frog, has racing officials across four states concerned.

Dermorphin has the twofold benefit of both numbing the pain a horse might feel from an injury and simultaneously rendering the animal hyperactive. “For a racehorse, it would be beneficial,” Craig W. Stevens, a professor of pharmacology at Oklahoma State University, told the Times. “The animal wouldn’t feel pain, and it would have feelings of excitation and euphoria.” The effects of this painkiller are even more powerful than morphine. [...]

More at Time.com...

Here's a link to the NY Times article mentioned above: Turning to Frogs for Illegal Aid in Horse Races

3 wrenchwench  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 10:06:44am

I went to one rodeo after moving here to cowboy country. They make a game out of things they used to have to do as work. Nobody 'breaks' horses anymore, they train them. So what if a guy can stay a few seconds longer on a horse or bull forced to buck by the belt that's pinching its genitals. So what if two guys can slam a calf to the ground and tie it up a little faster than two other guys. There has to be a better way to show what a good cowboy you are. Gymkhana maybe? Oh, but little girls excel at that, so it's not manly enough.

Horse racing and rodeos are big business, so it will be difficult to take the cruelty out, or eliminate them as abusive sports. Same for boxing and football.

In March I went to a Dutch Oven Cook Off. Mmm, cowboy cooking. The only cruelty there was not having a big enough stomach to try everything.

4 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 10:20:00am

re: #3 wrenchwench

Horse racing and rodeos are big business, so it will be difficult to take the cruelty out, or eliminate them as abusive sports. Same for boxing and football.

*SIGH* Yeah, it's all about the $$. Who cares how much suffering is caused as long as there's a big profit to be made?

In March I went to a Dutch Oven Cook Off. Mmm, cowboy cooking. The only cruelty there was not having a big enough stomach to try everything.

Nom, nom, nom...now there's a cowboy event I could support 100%!

5 theheat  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 10:44:05am
Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), had previously videoed these events at the Big Loop Rodeo in 2008, and he says it prompted him to introduce a bill to the 2011 Oregon Legislature that would ban horse tripping in the state. The bill didn’t succeed “in part because people were saying this doesn’t happen in Oregon anymore.” [source]

The Jordan Big Loop Rodeo is obviously another target of liberal lies. //

In a press release after the anti-horse tripping bill was killed in committee, Dave Duquette of United Horsemen [a pro-slaughter group] said, “No rodeo event in Oregon condones, or conducts, horse tripping. [yes, they do.] Oregon has comprehensive laws in place to protect animals. [didn't work, did it?] This bill was totally unnecessary. [it absolutely is] It was nothing more than a first step by HSUS to ban all roping of all animals in our state.”

OMG Big Government is going to tell us we can't kill and abuse animals for our entertainment right after they take away our guns! //

The Rare and Timid Prairie People of Jordan Valley believe this animal abuse is nothing more than an expression of tradition. Unfortunately, it's a relatively new tradition of sadism and abuse they're itching to get a pass for.

6 Sophia77  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 12:37:05pm

Thanks for posting this.

7 researchok  Sat, Jun 23, 2012 3:03:28pm

If humans can treat other humans so cruelly, is it any surprise this is what they do to animals?

Everybody needs to watch this, for all kinds of reasons.

TY for posting.


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