ALERT - COMMENTS NEEDED TODAY

ALERT - COMMENTS NEEDED TODAY

-Action Alert -
COMMENTS NEEDED TODAY
on Los Angeles City Council Website
Please support rodeo and animal exhibitions in Los Angeles

Submit Public Comment Here

Protect The Harvest Supporters and Partners - We urge you to read the below plan of action.

Many of you have already signed the Change.org petition produced by our friends at Western Justice urging those that enjoy rodeo and other animal activities to sign a petition to help stop the Los Angeles City Council from approving ordinance language that would impact animal exhibitions from horse shows, to rodeo, and other animal exhibitions like dog shows and dog trials. The Los Angeles City Attorney is planning to release the language tomorrow for the ordinance unless there is an extension on time. The City Council asked to model the ordinance language after that which was used in a Pittsburgh ban.

To view the PIttsburgh language click HERE

The Pittsburgh language is vague and broad and can apply to any animal exhibition (dog shows, horse shows, rodeos, roping, 4H, FFA, etc.).

Establishing the precedent is their plan and will open the door for similar animal exhibition bans to spread to other cities, counties, and states.


Vital Public Comment Period
Take Action Today


We were informed that the comment period for this ordinance is open on the LA City Council website. Along with our friends at Western Justice, we are working hard to garner as many comments of support as possible in this short period of time.

We urge everyone to submit public comments. Copy and Pasting other comments, while allowed, is often overlooked, so please make sure you personalize the communication. If you are an organization/company please submit a formal letter.
We can not stress this enough with how important this is. We are also encouraging signing the petition if you have not already done so

PUBLIC COMMENT IS NOT LIMITED
TO THOSE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA
ANYONE CAN COMMENT

Submit Public Comment Here

Below is our drafted and submitted letter for your reference


Los Angeles City Council Members:

Thank you for taking the time to read our public comment. We are writing to you in regards to the ordinance language you requested the Los Angeles City Attorney to write which pertains to rodeos and rodeo type events. The items listed in the motion for ordinance language (electric cattle prods, sharpened spurs, wire tie-downs, and flank straps) when and if they are used in a rodeo, are carefully regulated and monitored by industry professionals.

The initial action to have this ordinance written by the city attorney was presented and urged by animal rights activists, who are against all animal use. These extremists are working to ban all animal ownership including pets and animal agriculture, and this is just another step of incrementalism in their plan. These groups use emotional rhetoric to manipulate public opinion. They purposefully ignore facts and current animal welfare standards. If there are concerns about rodeo and rodeo-type events consultations should be conducted with actual experts in rodeo, animal welfare, and from independent large-animal veterinarians and then strongly considered.

We urge you to take into account the track record of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The PRCA has had animal welfare rules in place since 1947 and currently have over 70 rules protecting the livestock used in currently sanctioned rodeos. The PRCA has also had a 99.9% safety rating for the past 4 years.

We at Protect The Harvest, are asking the Los Angeles City Council to look at this issue from the side of animal welfare, not the ideology of animal rights. We urge you to consult with true subject matter experts on this issue before you vote to approve ordinance language that will impact a large sector of your constituents. Following the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ordinance as the city attorney was directed to do would effectively ban all animal exhibitions including dog shows, horse shows, 4H and FFA projects in the city. The banning of the equipment listed would also effectively ban rodeo and other animal exhibition forms from Los Angeles. This in turn would create an economic void for event vendors, exhibitors, competitors, and the community and set a dangerous precedent.

Thank you for your time,

Protect The Harvest


Message from our friends at Western Justice:

"Join us in signing the petition and be part of our collective voice, presenting knowledge, experience, and legitimate, objective research to lawmakers to preserve and protect the tradition and future of rodeo and rodeo activities in the City of Los Angeles and across the county. "

To Sign the Peition Click HERE

If you would like more information about the ordinance and the proposed language please read these articles:

Petition to Save Rodeo in Los Angeles - Support Needed

California Rodeo and Other Animal Traditions Threatened

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