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Arizona Passes Law vs. Horse Tripping Cruelty

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Arizona has led the way again in animal cruelty legislation with the passing of S.B. 1115, which makes "horse tripping" against the law.

Only eight other states have this legislation. Concerned citizens convinced the Phoenix City Council to make this horrendous abuse of horses illegal back in 2008. Horse tripping consists of riders chasing a horse at high speed, and then lassoing the front legs of the animal to bring it down in a devastating crash just for the "amusement" of spectators.

The day the bill was passed, the Arizona Republic reported a horse tripping complaint of an event being held on the Mogollon Rim. Yet another kind of abuse in early 2008, the organization, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), filed a complaint with the animal services division of Arizona's Department of Agriculture against Tucson's Fiesta de Los Vaqueros rodeo. SHARK's president, Steve Hindi, took videos (SEE BELOW) showing horses being shocked with a prod capable of delivering up to 6,000 volts.


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