LETTER: Goat-tying is a cruel ‘sport’ that needs to end

I doubt any cowgirl would submit her horse to this barbaric “amusement.”

It will be Junior Rodeo time again at the Clallam County Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday, and youth rodeo activities, including goat tying, are part of the action.

Unfortunately, the plight of animals involved does not garner the attention it deserves.

Consider the point of view of the goat — tied to the ground, terrified by the onrushing cowgirl and her mount, thrown violently to the ground and then its legs forcibly bound with rope.

Again. And again.

If a participant’s beloved horse was taken from her and subjected to the same treatment for the sake of someone else’s amusement or “sport,” I doubt the cowgirl (or her horse) would be happy about it.

Rather, I suspect she might call 9-1-1 and report animal cruelty.

Some traditions or sports ought to end.

I submit goat-tying is one.

There are plenty of other equestrian activities available that don’t inflict harm on the innocent.

Goat-tying perpetuates the idea that the well-being of our fellow species does not matter and they can be mistreated with impunity.

That is wrong.

On the other end of the spectrum, Leslie Torres, a high school girl in California, raised a lamb as her Future Farmers of America project but this year couldn’t go through with sending her friend to the auction at the end of the Santa Barbara County Fair for its prompt execution at the slaughterhouse because she and the lamb had formed a very natural bond.

Risking the ridicule of her peers, Leslie had the courage to donate the lamb to a local animal sanctuary.

Now that is something truly admirable.

Tom Fairhall,

Port Townsend

More in Opinion

PAT NEAL: Baiting the tourists

FROM THE ACIDIFIED ocean to the melting glaciers, the Olympic Peninsula has… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The bears are awake

“WHERE CAN I see a bear?” the frantic tourist asked. This is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A bad bunch of bugs

IT IS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. The faint cooing of the band… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Sasquatch Days are here

IT’S TIME ONCE again for the third annual Sasquatch Days in Forks… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The story of ‘Lightning Boldt’

“LIGHTNING BOLDT,” IS a biography of Judge George H. Boldt by John… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The best Mother’s Day present

MOTHER’S DAY IS coming up. I had a great mother. I know… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The best Arbor Day ever

HOW WAS YOUR Arbor Day? Traditionally celebrated on the last Friday in… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: New York Times syndication service to add in-depth reporting

While we take great pride in being your source for local news… Continue reading

Pat Neal, left, and former Peninsula Daily News editor and publisher John Brewer. (Pat Neal)
PAT NEAL: Free speech isn’t free

There were giants in the land. We lost one last week. John… Continue reading

The Peninsula Daily News office building, at 305 W. First St. in Port Angeles, will soon be on the commercial real estate market. But staff will relocate to another Port Angeles building in the coming months.
OUR VIEW: We’re moving, but we will remain in community

THIS OLD BUILDING, steeped in history, whispers stories of bygone days. Within… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The first salmon

THE BLOOMING OF the salmonberries marks a change in the season. In… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Spill some salmon here

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The bad news was… Continue reading