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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
The Iditarod sled dogs aren't being abused, though. You can in no way put them in the same class as fighting dogs, rodeo horses, or bulls in the ring. Unless I misunderstood that last post. I couldn't tell if it was straight or sarcastic.
One minor point. I've never known a rodeo horse or bull that didn't actually enjoy their "work." They lead easy lives, are well-fed and cared for, and never work more than 8 seconds per day.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
One minor point. I've never known a rodeo horse or bull that didn't actually enjoy their "work." They lead easy lives, are well-fed and cared for, and never work more than 8 seconds per day.
Are you kidding me!!!!! DO you know what they do to these animals to get them to "perform"? DO you have a clue? So there is the flank strap tightened and placed for achieving the bucking and hind kicking response. Of course this doesn't always get all the points, so there are regulation spurs worn to stimulate the animals discomfort and bucking. They are set into the animals neck/shoulders and sides repeatedly, not only to enhance the "ride" but for style points!
If that's your style, I feel for you......
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
So you really feel that the purpose of domestic animals is to serve, suffer, and die by your convenience??!!! .
Please tell this forum whether or not you eat meat.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
Please tell this forum whether or not you eat meat.
Vegetarian 14 years..........The only animal products eaten in this home are by Maia.
post #35 of 41
I'm glad you said that. I could only give a person acting on their convictions a pass on what you posted. Vegetarian qualifies. I don't agree, but I'll respect a person who's not a hypocrite.
post #36 of 41
I'm sure you are going to come up with some left field, off he subject, personal attack from my last response. And ya know what, I am done trying to defend the defenseless, educate the ignorant, and arguing with the naive.....
Call it whatever you want, if you are responsible for the life of another, domesticated animals or human, whats the difference??!!!! Seriously, you argue all these so called rights to execute and torture another life for your own benefit? When one should be more concerned about respecting and nurturing another life...
DONE!
post #37 of 41
It was better before the edit.
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
It was better before the edit.
Yeah well, we all second guess ourselves once in a while!
post #39 of 41
Just a reminder to keep your points impersonal, ladies and gentlemen, and to switch to PMs if you can't.
Thank you.
post #40 of 41
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Are you kidding me!!!!! DO you know what they do to these animals to get them to "perform"? DO you have a clue? So there is the flank strap tightened and placed for achieving the bucking and hind kicking response. Of course this doesn't always get all the points, so there are regulation spurs worn to stimulate the animals discomfort and bucking. They are set into the animals neck/shoulders and sides repeatedly, not only to enhance the "ride" but for style points!
If that's your style, I feel for you......
Just to clarify a few things for other people. If you have never worked with livestock you don't understand the bucking strap concept. Initially the anhimal bucks because they're like "Dude this feels weird get it off!" but after the animal knows what it is meant to do, go into a chute, get a rider, go out bucking you could probably put a bull or a horse out of the chute and they would take off bucking. There are several famous bulls [Yellow Jacket to name one awesome guy] who knew what he was doing when he threw those cowboys off. Livestock are super easy to condition and once they know their job it really doesn't matter. Also even if the guys can wear spurs if one HAIR on the bull or horse is messed up the cowboy can get in serious trouble. These athletes, which again is what they are are very well taken care of. Granted there are crappy livestock contractors, like there are crappy people everywhere else. Some hunters treat their hunting dogs VERY well, like members of the family then there are others who treat them like crap and if the dog gets hurt or sick they shoot them. I'm not entirely for rodeo, I think calf roping is horrible and pointless because they aren't roping them for a purpose... the same with steer wrestling but I've been around the Rodeo scene since I was a kid and as far as bucking bulls and bucking horses they are well taken care of. Maybe at some little podunk rodeo they aren't, but the livestock that hits the NFR and PBR are NICE and very expensive animals.

Tangent over. We all have a right to believe whatever we want. It's just important to read new information and take it with a grain of salt.
post #41 of 41
With all animal sports, there is good and bad. There will always be people who suck and animals who suffer for it. But it doesn't mean a sport in itself is a bad thing. There are many, many mushers who care very much about their dogs.
Here is a link to website by one such musher:
http://www.northwapiti.com/fund.html

I belong to a dog forum which has several members that participate in mushing. They have said it is very frowned upon by the respectable mushers to treat dogs in a poor manner. It is even pretty frowned upon to sit down to a meal on the trail before your dogs are taken care of!

Here is one more website about proper sled dog care, to show you that there are good mushers out there.
http://www.mushwithpride.org/
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