Clark County decides against lifting ban on horse roping
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Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County commissioners decided against lifting a ban on horse roping for three days in September.
Commissioners were considering suspending the enforcement during the Charreada Rodeo weekend at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
The Mexican rodeo includes an event where ropes are used to catch and release a horse by its legs.
It's a practice called horse roping.
But animal rights activists fear that practice could lead to horse tripping, which can lead to injury or even death for the horse.
"It was a very difficult decision because we thought we had the opportunity for people to actually see what it is that we do," said Toby de la Torre, Charreada.
"It was 50/50. We knew we had an ordinance in place, why wasn't it being enforced," said Stacia Newman, Nevada Political Action for Animals.
The ban has once again been upheld, this time by the slimmest of margins, in favor of the animal rights groups.
The vote came after more than three hours of passionate testimony from both animal rights activists and rodeo proponents.