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Petition calls for end to mutton bustin' at National Western Stock Show
News Staff - December 29, 2017

DENVER, Colo.  – An online petition started by a woman who lives in the United Kingdom is targeting the popular mutton bustin’ event at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Samantha Francis, the U.K. resident who created the petition said she had  been successful in stopping the event at a venue in Great Britain. Her petition states that sheep  react to a child riding it, much the same as it would to a predator.

The petition has gathered over 82,000 signatures. 

The National Western Stock Show issued a statement in response to the petition, that read in part;  “The National Western Stock Show takes animal welfare and safety very seriously. Every mutton bustin’ event has strict, enforced rules that protect both animal and child. The sheep used for mutton bustin’ come from a certified working ranch in Colorado who have provided the mutton bustin’’ ewes for Stock Show for many years.

Every animal has required health papers verifying animal wellness. The sheep carries the small child for just a few seconds before the child falls or is pulled off. Each child participating must be between the ages of 5-7 and not weigh more than 55 pounds for the safety of the sheep. Each registered mutton buster must wear a safety vest and helmet.


National Western Stock Show has 24/7 veterinarian services, and mutton bustin’ events are staffed with experienced personnel.”



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