Animal Welfare

Animal welfareRodeo is a unique sport where the spotlight is shared by both cowboys/cowgirls and the rodeo livestock. For the competition to be at its best, both competitors need to be in top condition. Rodeo is by definition a working relationship between human and animal athletes. The Ontario Rodeo Association contestants value their animal counterparts as do the stock contractors that provide these athletes for rodeos. ORA members believe animals should be provided proper care and treatment in and out of the rodeo arena thereby protecting them with specific rules and codes of conduct. By upholding standards of care for animal athletes rodeo remains a healthy, humane, family oriented sport. Because rodeo animals are athletes in their own right, they must be in optimum health to perform to the best abilities. Any cowboy will tell you he takes home a paycheck only when the animal is in top form. Stock contractors, the ranchers who raise and provide livestock to rodeos, also have an obvious financial interest in keeping the animals healthy. Simple logic dictates that no sensible businessperson would abuse an animal that is expected to perform in the future. Anyone who attends an ORA rodeo can be assured that the greatest care has been taken to prevent injury to animals or contestants.ORA members are bound by the not-for-profit corporation's bylaws and rules, which include a section that deals exclusively with the humane treatment of animals. Anyone who violates these rules may be disqualified and reported to the ORA,which will levy fines. Professional rodeo judges, who are responsible for the enforcement of all ORA rules, believe in these humane regulations and do not hesitate to report violations. Have any questions or concerns please contact: Public Relations Director