Ban Extreme, Abusive Rodeo from Fair

Target: Kathy Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, Orange County Fair

Goal: Do not allow The Extreme Rodeo and other such animal abuse masquerading as entertainment to be attractions at the fair.

A traveling rodeo that exposes bulls and men to rings of fire during the show caused outrage at the Orange County Fair, where it is a main attraction. Traveling rodeos in general are rife with animal abuse—exposing them to inhumane conditions during travel as well as trauma during the rodeo itself. The Extreme Rodeo literally adds fuel to this fire with its use of flames, and videos captured and posted online of this horrific practice sparked five nights of protest at the Orange County Fair.

One video shows a close call in which a man was trampled into the flames. As Judie Mancuso, president of animal welfare organization Social Compassion in Legislation, puts it, “Electric prods, ‘bucking straps’ that burn the animal, metal spurs, various roping techniques which commonly lead to neck and back injuries or sometimes death, events that lead to leg injuries such as ripped tendons or broken bones that require the animal to be euthanized, and finally injuries to internal organs such as punctured lungs, are the various forms of pain and suffering these rodeo animals endure… It is time Orange County stops allowing this kind of cruelty to occur in our backyard.”

Sign below to demand that The Extreme Rodeo and other shows like it be banned as attractions at the Orange County Fair.


Dear Chief Executive Officer Kramer,

The Extreme Rodeo is an irresponsible and cruel attraction that not only abuses animals, but also presents a public safety hazard. A man was captured on video being trampled into flames during the show, and the subsequent outrage and protests are well-founded.

Traveling rodeos—even without the added danger of rings of fire—expose innocent animals to inhumane conditions and encourage the idea that brutality and torment are forms of entertainment. I urge you to disallow these abusive “attractions” from the Orange County Fair.


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  1. Cynthia Mattera says:

    A rodeo is NOT entertainment, but animal torture and abuse at its finest! Please cancel the Rodeo in Orange County. Do the right thing for the animals. Teach people that it s not OK to throw, drag, or slam an animal to the ground for sport or entertainment!

  2. These travelling rodeos are nothing but abuse, fear and agony in the name of entertainment. They are an insult to the intelligence of decent people not to mention the unnecessary suffering caused. There will always be cruel, unfeeling apologies for humans in the world, fight them, don’t join them.

  3. Patricia Williams says:

    Fire?! Really! Animals are scared of fire so you’re going to torture them? And you know some poor innocent will be injured. What then? Thrown away? People have a choice if they want to do something stupid and life threatening. Not the poor animals. People, use Your Brain! No. NO!

  4. Stop this stupid event…what are you so bored you want to watch this crap? Stop the abuse, say no to this rodeo and every other event that exploits animals. If these rodeo performers want to jump through fire let them. They have no right to abuse the non nt animals that did not sign up for this idiocracy! These rodeo Cowboys should lasso each other and use fire to amuse the audience with Bly themselves as the performers. Do not drag innocent living creatures into your stupidity!

  5. No Californians are not that bored. No one know would ever go the audience will be very very small. No abuse in. Cali. Californians have better things to do. This rodeo will probably be protested heavily. Take your abuse and cruelty elsewhere, we do not want the kind of abuse and cruelty in California!

  6. all rodeos should be banned they are nothing but sadistic shows for the people who like to see tortured animals hurt how many horses and animals are injured or have to die to give these people a thrill the calgary stampede is an example how many horses are lost in the chuck wagon races every year just to please a sadistic audience

  7. If you believe the lies mentioned in this petition I fart diamonds. That is the amount of truth in it.

  8. Why is it that men need to torture animals like this? Do they think it makes them look like tough guys? Or are they trying to make up for have tiny dicks?

  9. Rodeos should be illegal world-wide. They are simply entertainment for sadists and will influence children and youths to see violence against anyone as OK as long as it pulls a profit or attracts a gang of onlookers.

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