Rodeo Lawsuit - Questions & Answers

Rodeo Lawsuit - Questions & Answers

1. Aren’t there laws in Québec that protect these animal beings? So what’s the problem?

Lois au Québec qui protègent ces êtres animauxToday, the Civil Code stipulates that “animals are not things. They are sentient beings and they have biological needs.” The Animal Welfare and Safety Act (BÊSA Act) provides that the owner or custodian of an animal being must ensure that the well-being or safety of the animal being is not compromised. The problem is that in the context of rodeos in Québec this law is not enforced.

2. The rodeo is a tradition that goes back a long time, it’s part of our culture. Why sue now?

La Loi BÊSA stipule que les humains ont une responsabilité individuelle et collective de veiller au bien-être et à la sécurité des animauxThe context changed in December 2015, with the amendment of the Civil Code and the adoption of the Animal Welfare and Safety Act (BÊSA Act). Both now recognize that animal beings are sentient and have biological needs.

These changes mark the break with 400 years of legal history during which, in Québec, animal beings were only considered as things.
In doing so, the legislator has acknowledged the awareness of Québecers as concerns the fate of animal beings. The BÊSA Law states that humans have “an individual and collective responsibility to ensure animal welfare and safety”.

3. Why does your action target calves?

    1. Because calves are among the most vulnerable animal beings used in entertainment in Québec.
    2. Calves are babies. During the rodeo, they are separated from their herd and are confined, alone, in a starting stall.
    3. They are then chased by a person on horseback.
    4. The calves are caught and bound in the middle of their escape by a lasso around their neck which stops them with dead in their tracks.
    5. They are strangled by the lasso and projected into the air.
    6. The claves are then turned over on their backs and tackled to the ground.
    7. Three of their legs are tied up while in a state of panic.
    8. No escape is possible for the calves. There is no way to avoid the fate inflicted on them: damage to their health, distress, pain.
    9. Calves can be used multiple times during a single rodeo.
    10. Their reactions and distress, as violent as they are spectacular, are the raison d’être of entertainment for rodeos.
action qui vise les veaux
action qui vise les veaux

4. Why is your action targeting steers?

      1. Steers are among the most vulnerable animal beings used in entertainment in Québec.
      2. The steers are teenagers. During the rodeo, they are separated they are separated from their herd and are confined, alone, in a starting stall.
      3. They are then chased by a person on horseback.
      4. The steers are attacked with the aim of stopping their escape.
      5. A person jumps on them while they’re in full flight.
      6. Their horns are grabbed, and their heads are brutally twisted to stop them or make them change direction.
      7. They are brutally pinned down and quickly turned to the side.
      8. To pin them down, their neck is violently twisted in an angle of up to 180o.
      9. No escape is possible for the steers. There is no way to avoid the fate inflicted on them: damage to their health, distress, pain.
      10. Steers may be used multiple times during the same rodeo.
      11. Their reactions and distress, as violent as they are spectacular, are the raison d’être of entertainment for rodeos.
Action qui vise les bouvillons
Action qui vise les bouvillons

5. Aren’t calves and steers trained athletes for rodeos?

Calves and steers are primarily subject to abuse and mistreatment that affect their health and compromise their well-being and safety.

Les veaux et les bouvillons sont avant tout assujettis à des abus et mauvais traitements qui affectent leur santé et compromettent leur bien-être et leur sécurité.
leur souffrance, leur détresse, s’exprime par la fuite et la tentative d’éviter les mauvais traitements

Calves and steers are prey animals: to protect themselves, they express physical pain more discreetly than do predators. That doesn’t take away from their genuine pain. Their suffering and distress manifests itself in their flight to avoid abuse. Entertainment is based distress and the violation of their basic needs. Calves and steers do not choose to participate in their own mistreatment, in their distress, in their pain. They are forced to suffer this fate.

6. Do calves and steers really suffer at rodeos? I’ve seen a rodeo before, they don’t seem hurt and always pick themselves up.

tous les êtres animaux sont doués de sensibilité et peuvent souffrirThe new Animal Welfare and Safety Law (BÊSA Law) stipulates that all animal beings are sentient and can suffer.

Calves and steers are prey animals: to protect themselves, they express their physical pain more discreetly than do predators. This doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer genuine pain.

7. Why not let MAPAQ enforce the law?

Notre poursuite vise l’émission d’une injonction permanente pour protéger les veaux et bouvillons en interdisant leur utilisation dans les rodéos au QuébecThe Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) is responsible for the penal application of the Animal Welfare and Safety Act (BÊSA Act), which involves, among other things, the imposition of fines or prison terms.

Our lawsuit is not aimed at the imposition of fines or prison sentences, but rather a Court ordered permanent injunction to protect the calves and steers by prohibiting their use in the rodeo.

8. Aren’t there inspectors and veterinarians on site?

Regardless of the work of inspectors and veterinarians, the DAQ Community has enough evidence of the abuse of calves and steers by the rodeo to bring a lawsuit.

9. Doesn’t this mean we won’t be able to have fun anymore?

il est interdit de maltraiter les êtres animaux au QuébecAccording to the Animal Welfare and Safety Act (BÊSA Act), it is forbidden to mistreat animals in Québec. The DAQ Community has enough evidence of calf and steer abuse to file a lawsuit.

Prohibiting abuse does not prevent anyone from leaving their homes, sharing meals and drinks with friends, enjoying a festive atmosphere, and having fun at community activities, such as country dances, musical shows, entertainment and games for children.

Québecers are extremely proud of their world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, which offers fabulous shows without ever using an animal being.

10. Isn’t this a kind of snobbery on the part of city folks who know little about this rural tradition?

Peu importe d’où on vient, ville ou région, la maltraitance des êtres animaux est interdite au QuébecThe Animal Welfare and Safety Act (BÊSA Act) does not apply to a territory of Québec. It targets violations of the biological needs of animal beings, whether these violations are observed during current or past activities. It stipulates that animal beings are sentient and that their biological needs must not be compromised.

No matter where you come from, whatever city or part of Québec, the mistreatment of animals is prohibited in Québec.