British Lady Wants to End Mutton Bustin' in Colorado

Besides maybe the bull riding, there is no rodeo event that gets the crowd pumped up like mutton bustin'. It is the event where kids, usually ages 4-7 or so, get on the back of a sheep and ride them as long as they can. But there is one lady who wants to stop the event from happening at one popular Colorado rodeo. 

Samantha Francis, a resident of the United Kingdom, and founder of a group called Lambenations, a "sheep-protection group," wants the National Western Stock show to pull the event. 

She says in an online petition that "Sheep are prey animals, which means that they are sought, captured, and eaten by a predator." She adds that "Sheep are not used to having anything on their backs, let alone a small child. They perceive the child as a predator and are petrified. This is all done in front of huge, noisy crowds in a very unnatural environment."

I don't know about you, but if I were a sheep, I would certainly rather have a kid ride me than be eaten by a wolf in the wild... 

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