Proof that Standing Up Works
In a vote on September 20th, 2022, Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors ( California ) voted to strike out the proposed ordinance language that would have banned rodeo and other equestrian activities as well as common animal husbandry practices for livestock production. Instead, they chose to prohibit a ranch rodeo event “Wild Cow Milking” in their county.
This is a victory for animal welfare and food security, and a sharp redress for animal extremist groups like DxE who are vying to end animal agriculture and animals in human care.
The Alameda County Agricultural Coalition and its supporters were present and very successful in informing and educating the county supervisors about the animal welfare practices in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo events as well as livestock production and its practices.
According to the two supervisors who penned the ordinance, Supervisor Valle and Supervisor Brown, banning rodeo was never their intent (although banning the use of the actual equipment implements in rodeo, equestrian activities, and livestock production clearly results in a broad-sweeping ban).
In the end, Supervisor Valle made the motion to strike all language referring to using straps, ropes, and spurs and keep the language to ban wild cow milking.
District 1 Supervisor’s Impassioned Speech