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Tie-Down Roping

In the rock 'em, sock 'em world of professional rodeo, ropers aren't the only ones doing some spinning.

Calf roping has probably drawn more fire from animal welfare activists than any other rodeo sport. Publicists have attempted to put a different spin on this rapid-fire, timed event by simply changing its name, as author Nancy Jaffer explains.

"There have been sort of cruelty charges leveled against rodeos and they are very conscious of their image, of taking care of the animals and giving them a good life. So they changed the name of that to tie-down roping because they felt it was more descriptive. But personally, I think they just didn't want the image of a poor little calf being roped."

Calling calf roping tie-down roping hasn't changed the sport, however, and some say that's a good thing. Most animals used in rodeo are valuable commodities, live surprisingly long lives and receive the best of care.


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