Last weekend, Prince Harry attended a rodeo in Texas, leaving many wondering what his wife, an animal rights activist, thinks of his attendance.
A photo went viral of Prince Harry at the Stockyards Rodeo in Fort Worth last Saturday sporting a green felt cowboy hat. Given how cruel rodeos are, people were shocked to see this photo because of Meghan Markle’s outspoken views on animal rights and welfare. She often uses her platform to talk about animal rights and ending cruelty to animals.
The photo found its way to Meghan’s trusted journalist friend, who tweeted about the trip to Texas.
Unsurprisingly, the Duke of Sussex was at the event without his wife. In 2018, Markle convinced her husband to quit his hunting hobby. He then stopped attending the annual royal family hunts, a long tradition for the family.
There were reportedly early hunting problems when Harry took part in a wild boar hunt in Germany in 2017. His then-girlfriend was not happy with his participation. Harry then declined to participate in the Boxing Day Hunt that year and has not attended any events since. He reportedly sold his shotguns and did not return to his “hobby”.
Meghan is a member of the Mayhew Trust Animal Charity based in London. She made many visits to the charity while pregnant with her son and cuddling pets and chatting with staff and volunteers. She reportedly made a final secret undercover trip to the charity in January 2020 before leaving for Canada.
Meghan once noted about Mayhew, “The role that we as people play in caring for and rescuing these animals is vital, but the role of organizations like Mayhew is unprecedented. What first struck me about Mayhew in particular was their community-based approach to not just rehoming animals, but in the preventative care that keeps these cats and dogs from ending up in shelters in the first place. .
Meghan has two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a Labrador-Shepherd mix named Bogart. When Meghan moved to the UK to live with Harry, she brought Guy, who was seen riding with the Queen. Bogart was too old to travel and stayed in Canada with friends.
Harry’s appearance comes just weeks after he and Meghan accepted a reward at the NAACP Image Awards, in which he speaks of the couple’s commitment to the fight against injustice.
“We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to fight injustice, and a belief that those most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”
People are rightly confused as to what could have drawn him to such an event where animal injustice is rampant and almost no one would have acknowledged him.
Most people think of bull riding when they think of rodeos, but that only scratches the surface of the animal abuse that occurs at these events. There’s the calf rope, where vulnerable and frightened young calves are forced to run before being pulled off the ground, via a rope around their necks, then tackled to the ground to have their feet tied together. And there’s steer wrestling, where the animals are chased, jumped on, and have their necks twisted 180 degrees.
Animals in rodeos are caught, chased, wrestled and roped into aggressive displays, and some people think this serves as “entertainment”. These animals are traumatized and suffer endlessly for people’s entertainment. Many animals die at rodeo events, and even if they don’t, they remain fearful, stressed, and anxious.
In addition to being forced to perform at these events, animals are often transported long distances from one event to the next, usually crushed together in a hot truck without food or water. There are so many outdoor events people can enjoy that don’t involve animal abuse or torment. Stay away from rodeos, speak up and educate people about the abuses that occur at these events.
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