While in Houston, we briefly visited the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I don't know what I was thinking, visiting the petting zoo was disturbing enough. The animals were over fed and disrespectfully handled. What I thought would be a cultural experience turned into a Winnie the Pooh Heffalumps and Woozles nightmare.
In my opinion, if you are interested in farm animals and the production of, go visit your local farmer and be a part of the community instead of the circus.
"yeah it's just sad that they let the animals get treated like that... but at the same time this is also a place where the central attraction is people whipping and riding animals that don't want to be ridden and selling cows off to be killed in factory farms. the petting zoo animals are living a pretty sad life but may be the best treated animals at the rodeo... it's difficult to say, maybe raising animals on an individual basis is the only way we can truly respect them" -Goodloe Byron