WORKSHOP 5 (part 2): Jean-Jacques Kona-Boun: Physical and Mental Risks to Cattle and Horses in Rodeos
8:30 PM, Saturday 30 Jun 2018 (1 hour)
Université du Québec à Montréal - DS-R510
Nonhuman animals, formerly defined as "moveable goods," were redefined in Quebec in 2015 as sentient beings with biological imperatives. The physical and mental well-being of animals may no longer be put at risk (with two exceptions: agricultural use and scientific/medical/educational use). The first test case is animal use in sport. I present evidence from 20 Quebec rodeos (a total of 3 x 45 hours of video data, and many hundreds of hours of close analysis) that the physical and mental well-being of calves, bulls and horses is put at risk in virtually every trial in every rodeo event. The results are particularly striking as Quebec reportedly has the "mildest" rodeos in North America.
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Independent Scientist and Author
Centre Vétérinaire DMV
Université de Montréal
Professeur de droit de l'enfant et de l'animal
Droit animalier Québec (DAQ)
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health