LETTER : Boycott rodeos

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A vet who worked in slaughterhouses for 30 years described the sickening condition of the many animals he saw discarded from rodeos for butchering in a taped interview ("This is cowboy country, dude", Travel and Money, 1 June). He said: "I have seen cattle so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached to the flesh were the head, neck, leg and belly. I have seen animals with six to eight ribs broken from the spine. I have seen two to three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin ... bullfights are merciful compared to rodeos."

Every humane society in the US is working to end rodeos. Please do not promote or patronise them.

Carla Bennett

Norfolk, Virginia, US