Instead of banning particular events, the L.A. County legislation seeks to ban some devices used on rodeo animals including spurs, flank straps and electric prods.
The legislation is sponsored by Bob Blumenfield, a Democrat who represents the west San Fernando Valley.
Blumenfield said he introduced the legislation because he “wanted to see what we could do in terms of trying to make Los Angeles a little bit more humane and live up to its name as the ‘city of angels.’”
San Francisco, San Juan Capistrano and Pasadena already have restrictions on rodeos, as do Pittsburgh, Leesburg, Va., and Fort Wayne, Ind.
“It’s animal abuse,” Eric Mills, coordinator for Oakland’s Action for Animals, an animal welfare organization, told the newspaper.