This week, thousands of Chileans celebrated "Fiestas Patrias," the
country's most important national holiday, in traditional fashion by
attending a rodeo. Many of them, however, would get an unexpected surprise
as animal rights activists intervened in various rodeos throughout the
country in protest.
Activists consider the sport to be harmful to
animals, and rodeo's status as the country's national sport further inflames
"We denounce rodeos for the physical violence,
the pain and the stress they place on animals. But also we denounce the
rodeo itself, which uses other beings as instruments of entertainment,"
Mauricio Serrano, spokesperson for animal rights group Animal Libre, told
The Santiago Times.