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Bull Riding Should Be Supported

September 23, 2018

Editor: A letter attempting to disparage the recent Professional Bull Riding event in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 8 is riddled with blatant lies and mistruths about professional bull riding (Sept. 2). No “electric prods, sharp sticks, caustic ointments” or any other painful stimulation is used in the sport. These extraordinary animals — who are 10 to 12 times the size of the cowboys — are not prodded, shocked or otherwise agitated. Their genitals are not touched in any way, ever. The bulls are genetically bred to buck for eight seconds a night, treated like world-class athletes, and live a life four to five times longer than bulls not in the PBR, who enter the food supply at a young age. Pennsylvanians considering attending the PBR event to see great family entertainment celebrating exceptional athleticism on both sides of the bull rope deserve the facts about these fortunate, pampered, valuable animals, who are treated with love and care like a family pet while doing what they love before they retire to stud and die of natural causes on a farm. Considering the all-too brief life of all other bovines not fortunate enough to compete in the PBR, animal lovers should support this great American sport. Robert Simpson Professional bull rider PUEBLO, COLORADO

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