Alameda County takes first steps to ban ‘wild cow milking’

An ordinance prohibiting “wild cow milking” — a kind of rodeo occasion — was mentioned and tentatively accredited by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, in response to county paperwork.

The ordinance — introduced forth by Alameda County supervisors Richard Valle and Dave Brown — initially included banning spurs, flank straps, and tie-down calf roping however, after deliberation at Tuesday’s assembly, was amended to incorporate simply wild cow milking — the apply of taking lactating cows, separating them from their calves in an enviornment whereas rivals on horseback try and rope and forcefully take the cow’s milk.

“We continue to urge the Board of Supervisors to approve this important ordinance amendment for a second time,” stated Erin Dobrzyn, campaigner with In Protection of Animals — a Marin animal safety group. “This ban would protect lactating mother cows, separated from their nursing babies, from being subjected to this distressing event.”


In accordance with In Protection of Animals’ web site, wild cow milking takes place yearly in Castro Valley on the Rowell Ranch Rodeo through the third weekend in Could.


This isn’t the primary time Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors has tried to undertake an ordinance to ban a rodeo occasion. In Jan. 2019, the board handed an ordinance prohibiting sheep driving, in response to county data.


The amended ordinance was accredited by the board however will have to be learn once more by the supervisors for a second time earlier than it may well go into impact 30 days after passing, in response to Alameda County. Presently, a date has not been set for a second studying.


Joel Umanzor (he/him) is a San Francisco Chronicle workers author. E-mail: [email protected]

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