November 20, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Clark County law banning the Mexican rodeo sport of horse roping is staying put.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports commissioners decided the rule should stand in a 6-1 vote Tuesday, after an outpouring of testimony from animal rights activists.
Horse roping involves lassoing horses by their legs. Event organizers say the goal is to catch and release the animals rather than trip them.
Horse tripping is illegal under a new state law, although the measure allows local governments to issue permits for events that include roping.
Representatives from the Mexican Federation of Charreria said rodeos have internal welfare committees and already bar tripping.
The federation's Nevada president, Alejandro Galindo Jimenez, said the county's decision would negatively affect The World Series of Charreria, scheduled for September in Las Vegas.