Joanne Ehret: Say no to scheduled bull riding event
To the editor:
I am writing to alert readers about a horrific event coming up at the Mass Mutual Center, sponsored by MGM Springfield: Bull Riding. With all the talk of bullying in the news, many people realize that’s exactly what is happening to the bulls exploited by bull riders.
They are teased, shocked with electric prods and assaulted into “action” while they are wearing bucking straps around their groin area. The bulls buck uncontrollably from such torment, in a futile attempt to escape the torture. The painful strap is only loosened once they have thrown the rider. The strap can cause bloody open wounds which investigators have found at most rodeo and bull riding events.
This animal abuse portrayed as sport is promoted as a family event, where children can cheer alongside adults as animals are dominated and brutalized. What does this teach our children?
Please contact the Mass Mutual Center and MGM Springfield to say no to this terrible animal abuse.