People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Dan Shannon sent a letter to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry in August asking the governor to abolish the state’s long-running prison rodeo.
The prison rodeo has been held in Oklahoma for the past 63 years and features inmates engaging in a number of event such as bull riding and cow milking.
According to Shannon, the prison rodeo encourages inmates to abuse animals,
A prison is the last place in the world that should be encouraging violence. It is time to put cruel events like rodeos out to pasture.
A communications director for the governor replied that PETA’s request was “silly” and that, “The governor will not consider stopping this Oklahoma tradition.”
Request To Stop Oklahoma Prison Rodeo Called “Silly”. Associated Press, August 22, 2003.