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A 10-year-old boy died in a freak rodeo accident after the horse he was riding fell on top of him during the rodeo.

During the Texas Junior High Rodeo in Louisiana, Legend Williamson‘s horse had a sudden medical episode and collapsed, taking the 10-year-old boy down too. A medical examination showed that the horse most likely suffered either a brain aneurysm or a heart attack. The horse died, and Williamson was pronounced as deceased after being rushed to emergency medical care.

This sad incident may have been a freak accident, but it is just more proof of the dangers of rodeos.

Not only is it incredibly cruel for the horses, who are often overworked, beaten, and traumatized, but it is also very dangerous for the riders who could be injured at any moment. This is especially true for such young riders like Williamson.

Rodeos are also incredibly cruel to the cattle being herded and roped. They are overexerted and dragged about, all the while being in complete terror as they are chased around an inescapable pen.

Our hearts go out to this young boy’s family, and we can only hope that stories like this can help to shut down rodeos for good.

Sign this petition calling for a complete ban on rodeos in New Zealand.

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