Uruguay Animal Rights Activists Launch Petition Challenging Gaucho Rodeo

Uruguay's annual Semana Criolla gaucho festival, which includes a horse-breaking championship, is facing opposition from animal welfare campaigners calling for the event to be banned. The Uruguayan Congress voted unanimously to certify gaucho rodeo as the official national sport in 2006. However, following the deaths of two horses in 2019, activists launched a petition calling for the end of the event. More than 92,000 signatures were collected. Opponents of the rodeo have protested at the festival this year, with campaigners asking for horse-breaking exhibitions to be banned in Montevideo, with an eye towards extending the ban nationwide.