Jan 25, 2011 7:21 AM by Bea Karnes

Colorado Lawmakers Decline To Ban Some Rodeo Events

DENVER (AP)-- Two rodeo events some consider cruel to animals appear unlikely to come under a state ban this year.

A Colorado House committee voted Monday not to ban steer-tailingand horse-tripping. Both events are sometimes performed in Mexican-style rodeos called charreadas.

Horse-tripping is when running horses are lassoed by the legs. It can cause fatal leg-breaks in horses. Steer-tailing is an event in which cowboys ride alongside steers and attempt to grab their tails, sometimes ripping the animal's skin.

Lawmakers on the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee voted 8-5 against the ban. Some lawmakers said the events are cruel but should be banned by cities and counties, not the state.



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