LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Clark County ban on lassoing horses' legs will stay put in a move that will affect a large Mexican-style "charreria" rodeo scheduled for September.
A plan to put a temporary moratorium on the rule failed Tuesday when commissioners split 3-3 on the issue. Their vote came after more than three hours of passionate testimony from both animal rights activists and rodeo proponents.
Horse roping was set to be part of the World Series of Charreria event Sept. 26-29 at the South Point casino in Las Vegas. It wasn't immediately clear whether the overall rodeo would continue without the events.
Competition rules require cowboys to immediately release horses after lassoing them.
But horse advocates say the practice can trip and seriously injure horses, even if competition rules prohibit intentional tripping.
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