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Movement In Cali To Lasso Rodeos Begins In LA County
A bull rider enters the riding area at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, April 16, 2021 in San Angelo, Texas. - The first night of the rodeo saw a sold out crowd, the first rodeo event that took place with no restrictions in San Angelo since the beginning of the pandemic. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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. 

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