calf roping

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A rodeo event, also known as ‘tie-down’ roping, in which the horse-mounted rider is timed as he catches a calf by throwing a rope around its neck, dismounting, and tying three legs of the calf together. It derives from the working practices of cowboys in North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has been recognized by most professional rodeo organizations. The event has been the focus of animal rights protesters, who have reported injuries to and the maiming of calves; authorities have agreed in some cases, the event being banned in Rhode Island and in the city of Baltimore, USA. The survival of the event is evidence of the enduring influence of masculinist working practices in the sport entertainment sphere, and of an atavistic attraction to human–animal contests (though some would argue that this is barely a contest) on the part of the spectators.

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