A group of citizens led by Université de Montréal law professor Alain Roy is deeply concerned about the treatment animals are subjected to during Quebec’s rodeos. Footage taken by the Montreal and Saint-Tite rodeos’ opponents was analyzed by veterinarians who determined that animals were mistreated and risked serious injury.
The group is now asking the Quebec government to step in. Indeed, since 2015, provincial law states that animals cannot be subjected to mistreatment or abuse, since they are considered to be sentient beings capable of experiencing pain.
To support the veterinary findings, Mr. Roy shared disturbing footage taken at both the Montreal and Saint-Tite rodeos last summer. In the video, animals can clearly be seen handled roughly by rodeo contestants. In some instances, their feet are bound together and they are dragged across the field by a rope tied to their neck.
Warning: footage may be disturbing to some viewers.
Rodeo organizers have claimed that their operations are legal. The event’s director, Pascal Lafrenière, said they have veterinary specialists and Agriculture Ministry inspectors present at each event, and have yet to be reprimanded.
If the Quebec government doesn’t step in to forbid these types of events, Mr. Roy threatened to bring the issue to court.