Rodeos can be about skillful events and not harmful ones

A rodeo can be made great entertainment without inflicting cruel and injurious events both to the animals

I did not realize that Langford hosts a rodeo. I thank Melissa de Meulles (Letters to the editor, May 9) for bringing up the subject of cruelty in rodeos.

A rodeo can be made great entertainment without inflicting cruel and injurious events both to the animals that are abused and the participants that perform their macho influence over these animals.

I was in Calgary when eight magnificent horses were killed in a horrific chuck wagon race. These murderous events should be banned.

They can easily be replaced by a number of events involving skill with animals, without the risk of killing them.

Horses, dogs, sheep dogs, even kangaroos can be involved in an entertaing and exciting manner. It is hoped that common sense and respect of these wonderful animals would be considered?

Paul Collins

Langford