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International Gay Rodeo Association's (IGRA) Annual Convention Meeting Minutes: animal welfare problems


Unable to control stock contractors. Stock contractors repeatedly violate rules, often resulting in injury or additional suffering and risk to animals. IGRA's small fines ($50-$100) are insufficient, and IGRA says that "some stock contractors would rather pay than to bring the correct stock."  2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pp. 5 and 31, 2012 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 33

Stock providers are using inappropriately-sized animals, and IGRA is concerned that this could become a public relations issue. Undersized steers have collapsed or performed poorly under the weight of the contestants. 2010 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 11

Required Animal Injury Reports are not being filed 2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 29

Painful electric shocks (“Hot Shots”) are being used. Electric shocks are commonly used in rodeo to force animals to perform, mostly in bucking events. Due to the extreme cruelty, California has outlawed electric prod use in chutes (although “traditional” rodeos have been documented continuing to illegally use them). Although IGRA's rules prohibit use while in chutes, it appears that contractors may be violating that (as we would expect) —2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pp. 29 and 53

Problems with animals being injured and killed in "chute dogging" events.  2010 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 11

IGRA admits that the “Chute Dogging” event is a problem. Says that Chute Dogging has "become an issue" in the American West and Canada, and is struggling with modifying its rules. 2012 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 11

Calf’s horn sheath was painfully ripped off during a roping event). 2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 28

Injured calf in a "Rodeo School." 2010 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 11

Two junior bulls over-stressed, one “kept going down in the chute.” 2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 28

Steers too small (for size of contestants) and “went down in the chutes.” 2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 28

An insufficient number of calves were used, resulting in “stressed animals.” 2011 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 28

Animals infected with ringworm and spreading to humans. 2010 Annual Convention Minutes, pg. 11