Mexican rodeos in U.S.
Mexican amateur rodeos, properly called charreada, have come under attack in some states for perceived mistreatment of animals. The events are based on centuries old charro techniques of handling wild livestock in an efficient and humane manner. Charreada are becoming increasingly popular among Mexican Americans proud of charro traditions that were adapted by American cowboys.

An article about American charreada, along with an audio slide show, appeared in the June 12 issue of The New York Times. More information can also be found being clicking here.

U.S. House hearing on Thoroughbred race industry
The U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, June 19 referenced as: Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse. The hearing was precipitated by recent high profile breakdowns on the Thoroughbred racetrack, including that of the filly Eight Belles in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Among witnesses called to speak will be Rick Dutrow, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown. For more information, click here.