Last week’s 1News coverage showed a horse trying to climb out of a ring.Within hours of SAFE releasing those images on social media, it says, rodeo sponsors reported receiving hundreds of emails from members of the public.The case for the defence might include the fact that rodeo is based on bona fide skills, albeit skills that applied, and still do no doubt, more to the American West than New Zealand. The sport makes no secret of its affection for the American cowboy culture, which has never been a true part of animal husbandry in this country.Breaking horses by means displayed at a rodeo, if ever in vogue, has well and truly been discredited, however. Roping calves no doubt remains a valid practice (at least in America), and those that find themselves being thrown to the ground and hog tied in a rodeo ring can at least be grateful that that is not followed by branding, which is the only reason they are roped in such a fashion in the real world.Riding bulls, whether or not they are goaded before being released, seems little more than gratuitous, an opportunity for riders to display their ability to conquer an animal.It is difficult not to agree with SAFE that rodeos deliberately subject animals to fear, stress and torment, that they are a cruel and outdated spectacle, each and every event compromising modern standards of animal welfare.
There may be more than one answer, of course. Given the pervasiveness of life, surviving and even thriving on environments as varied as deep ice, hydrothermal vents and radioactive pools, it seems reasonable to consider that life as an experiment may have many versions, taking advantage of different conditions and different chemistries. Remarkably, once life emerged here on Earth, it worked to change the environment in radical ways.
I’m not saying they can’t beat the game. They definitely can, but it’ll be tough. And it’ll probably not be fun. Behind the gates of the campus and we’d yell generic “Power To The People” slogans of encouragement. But, by the beginning of the second week, the Black Panthers, hungry, dirty, fed up, on the verge of being arrested, were in no mood for our play acting. Their reality sinking in listlessness was instructive..
However, on a small blade this shape is phenomenal, especially for precision tasks. I needed to cut a complex/round shape from thick photo paper and this was immediately the knife I went to, over my Tuff Lite Mini! (If you know me, you know how much I adore that knife). The Cricket is beautiful for close precision work I used a grip with my thumb on the spyderhole and was able to very carefully get a very exact cut..