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Movement In Cali To Lasso Rodeos Begins In LA County

  • 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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