Green Mountain Animal DefendersWorking to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals Since 1983
Green Mountain Animal Defenders opposes the use of animals in any form of sport in which animals have no choice but to participate.
In dog fighting, hog-dog fighting, and cockfighting animals are forced to fight each other, often until one of the participants dies, while the audience bets on the "winner." Bullfighting is equally abhorrent, as bulls are taunted and stabbed so that the bullfighter can win a heavily-stacked contest against the weakened animal.
Animals used in rodeos are relatively domesticated. They are forced to act "wild" for the amusement of onlookers thrpugh the use of artificial means such as electric cattle prods.
In donkey basketball, donkeys are pulled and prodded around an unsafe location.
People who win animals at a fair usually aren't thinking about making a long-term commitment to a pet. Too often, animals that are given away are left to die in hot cars, on rides, or elsewhere.
Ponies used in pony rides are tethered to a carousel or cart and forced to carry passengers for hours. This leads to hoof problems and other ailments. The ponies are generally sent for slaughter or otherwise discarded when no longer profitable.
Pigs used in pig races can be traumatized by noise and crowds, or injured as they run frightened or are tackled by human participants.
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If you become aware of an inhumane activity in Vermont, please notify us.
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