February 23, 2024
Bull rider hangs on on the thirty fifth annual Ramona Rodeo.

San Diego Metropolis Councilman Kent Lee Thursday introduced he’ll introduce an ordinance banning rodeos in San Diego, citing animal cruelty.

“Leisure is just not a justification for cruelty towards animals,” Lee stated. “The town of San Diego has a historical past of caring for animals, together with investing in our shelters, group vet clinics and offering grants to native animal rescue nonprofits. This ordinance will make sure that no extra animals will needlessly undergo below the guise of leisure in San Diego.”

A 3-day rodeo in Petco Park ended on Sunday, and drew vital controversy from animal rights activists, who protested the occasion. “Waco Child,” a 6-year-old horse, threw his rider and crashed right into a fence on Friday night within the ballpark. Rodeo officers stated the horse is recovering and the rider had some bumps and bruises, however was in any other case high quality.

“Preliminary examination carried out by the veterinarian staff didn’t reveal any apparent indicators of fracture or instability,” Jed Pugsley, livestock welfare director at San Diego Rodeo, wrote in a launch.

Regardless of the excellent news on Waco Child, some say the injury is completed.

“We stand united in advocating for a ban on rodeos within the metropolis of San Diego and past, as we firmly imagine that leisure ought to by no means compromise the well-being of animals,” stated Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “Rodeos, with their widespread use of inhumane instruments perpetuate cruelty slightly than real leisure.”

Lee will introduce the ordinance on the Land Use and Housing Committee, which he chairs.

Lee was elected in 2022 to symbolize Mira Mesa, College Metropolis, Kearny Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Miramar and Scripps Ranch. He serves because the chair of the Metropolis Council’s Land Use and Housing and Finances and Authorities Effectivity committees.

–Metropolis Information Service