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Jan 24, 2011 9:18 AM by Bea Karnes

Legislature may ban some rodeo events

DENVER (AP) - Two rodeo events some consider cruel to animals are up for debate in the Colorado Legislature.

A House committee planned to start work Monday on a bill outlawing steer-tailing and horse-tripping. Both events are sometimes performed in Mexican-style rodeos called charreadas. Several states have outlawed the events.

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.

Several states have banned horse-tripping, which isn't sanctioned by most rodeos. Nebraska also bans steer-tailing. Colorado's version would classify both activities as felony cruelty to animals.

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