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Alameda County, California: URGENT: Ban Cruel Rodeo Event in Alameda County

Alameda County, California: URGENT: Ban Cruel Rodeo Event in Alameda County

Mutton busting, an event where children jump on terrified sheep and ride them around an arena as the sheep struggle desperately to get free, will stop in Alameda County if the Board of Supervisors does the right thing next week.

Three brave Alameda County Supervisors have pledged to uphold a ban on this cruel “sport” on the 26th, and we need to let them know right now how much we appreciate them for standing up for the right for these gentle creatures to be safe from abuse in the name of entertainment.

Condemned by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, mutton busting is slated to be axed from local rodeos at a meeting on March 26 due to the courage of Richard Valle, Wilma Chan, and Keith Carson.

Pressure on these board members from the special interests backing the rodeo is intense, so your voice as an Alameda County resident makes a big difference. Because this is a small, local fight, this is your big chance to make a meaningful difference for these defenseless sheep. Your supervisors want to hear from you!  

What You Can Do

Please attend the meeting, and call and write to Supervisors Richard Valle, Wilma Chan, and Keith Carson to let them know you’ve heard they will affirm the ban on mutton busting and that they have your strong support as residents of Alameda County.

Attend the meeting of the Board of Supervisors and voice your support for the ban on mutton busting. Please check the website of the Board to confirm the date and time of the meeting, and that the ban is scheduled on the agenda to be discussed. The agenda will be available on Friday, March 22.

At the meeting, you can simply say, “I support the ban on mutton busting,” and, if desired, a few words about why it’s important to you as a resident of Alameda County. Please be sure to be polite, keep your comments simple, and make an effort to wear conservative clothing if possible.

The board website where the agenda will be made available can be found here

Please call today and say thank you to these individuals in advance for voting “yes” on the mutton busting ban. In this case, phone calls are 10 times more effective than emails, so please make the phone call priority over emailing if you will only do one action over the other.

You can simply say: “I know you’ve been supportive of the ban on mutton busting, and I am very appreciative of the work you’re doing for animals forced to endure mistreatment during rodeos. Thanks so very much for your vote at the next meeting.”


Richard Valle 510-272-6692

Wilma Chan 510-272-6693

Keith Carson 510-272-6695


Send our letter (with your personalized comments, if desired) to these three brave public servants by filling out the fields on this page. Note that you will not be able to access the call information after filling out this form, so please call first - it is still helpful to send an email in addition to a call.
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