No, I'm not talking to you, Sheriff Gillespie.
Horse-tripping/lassoing/roping, whatever you call it, won't go away. Exactly one week after I first wrote about it, the issue that has pitted Hispanic lawmakers against Clark County commissioners has returned.
There are three -- count 'em -- items on the issue on next week's Clark County Commission agenda -- one new ordinance from Chris Giunchigliani (Item 63), one from Tom Collins (Item 64) and a proposal (Item 67) to suspend what they already have (can this be legal?) to allow an event at the South Point next month.
►Giunchigiani's: - Horse tripping and permitted roping.
(a) No person shall intentionally trip or cause to fall, or lasso or rope the legs of,
any equine animal [by the legs or] by any means whatsoever for the purpose of
entertainment, sport, practice, or contest in conjunction with, but not limited to, rodeos,
charreadas, animal racing, or pulling contests.
(b) The prohibition set forth in subsection (a) shall not apply to tripping or
lassoing such an animal to provide medical or other health care for the animal; or
catching such an animal by the legs and then releasing it, instead of intentionally
causing it to trip or fall, as part of a horse roping event, where the event is conducted
(1) Has been permitted as a rodeo pursuant to subsection 6.12.876 of
the Clark County Code;
(2) Requires that a large animal veterinarian, licensed in this state, be on
call and commits to being able to respond within one hour to care for an animal injured
in an event and whose contact information must be posted publicly at entrances and in
the arena; and
(a) The on call veterinarian shall have complete access to the site
of any event in the rodeo that uses animals, and
(b) The on call veterinarian shall report any injury and the
circumstances from which it resulted to Animal control within 48 hours; and
(3) Is organized with rules, approved by an Animal Control supervisor,
designed to minimize the risk of harm to the animals, submitted with the application for
the rodeo permit together with a declaration, the form of which is to be provided by the
County, of intent to follow such rules and only allow catching such animals by the legs
and then releasing them, instead of intentionally causing them to trip or fall.
►Collins' is simpler: Unintentional tripping, including catching such an animal by the legs and then releasing it as part of a horse roping event, whether for commercial purposes, practice, or otherwise, or intentional tripping to provide medical or other health care for the animal, is permitted.
The proposed moratorium would allow the World Series Charreria event to go on next month, as the item says
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Hispanic Horse Community (bet you didn't know that existed) has a post
on the "Hispanic Right to Rodeo in Clark County" (bet you didn' know that was a right, either), and they claim to have more than 1,100 signatures petitioning to let the rodeo go on.
Make all of this stop. Please.