Protesters call OC Fair “extreme rodeo” cruel to animals – Orange County Register
COSTA MESA Mixing bulls, people and fire constitutes animal cruelty, not entertainment, argued a small group of animal lovers protesting an “extreme rodeo” at the Orange County Fair.
“We’re trying to stop animal abuse tonight. Please don’t go to the rodeo,” Paris Connolly, of Newport Beach, called out to fair-goers as she passed out fliers against the event Sunday evening.
The rodeo is a money-making industry according to protester Paris Connolly. The Newport Beach resident is against the extreme rodeo at Costa Mesa’s OC Fair on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
“I used to go to the rodeo in Houston. I’m guilty of going to those places that make you think you’re getting closer to the animals. People think they’re seeing untamed animals, but that’s not the case. The animals are docile. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to travel from place to place,” Paris Connolly of Newport Beach, left, says. The protester talks to a fellow vegan, Andrew Dominguez of Los Angeles at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Brenda Calvillo says in some rodeos, but not the OC Fair, calves are shocked with an electric prod out of the chute. The sudden jolt from a rope thrown around the neck and jerking the baby to a sudden stop can cause hemorrhaging and death by broken neck, according to the organizer. The Huntington Beach resident protests against animal cruelty at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The extreme rodeo isn’t on Jenna Bier’s radar. The 9-year-old Ladera Ranch resident walks past protesters Brenda Calvillo and Caroline Havens at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa on Sunday, Aug. 6. Protesters were restricted to the “freedom of expression” zone outside of the Blue Gate Entrance far from their target location. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Brenda Calvillo urges OC Fair goers to buck the rodeo. The Huntington Beach resident handed out anti animal cruelty literature at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)
“How would you like it if your mom, sister or aunt was grabbed by the neck like (rodeo) calves are?,” Andrew Dominguez of Los Angeles, center, says after looking at a picture of a roped calf in a pamphlet handed out to him by protester Paris Connolly of Newport Beach, left, at Costa Mesa’s…