Local Animal-Rights Worker Arrested For Taping ‘Horse Tripping’ At Oregon Rodeo

(CBS Seattle / AP) – An animal-rights activist from Vancouver, Wash. has been arrested after he refused to stop videotaping an eastern Oregon rodeo which featured contestants roping horses by the legs.

Adam Fahnestock, 30, was accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on Saturday, according to the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody around 2 p.m. at the Jordan Valley Rodeo Grounds. The Illinois-based group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) claims he is a volunteer for their organization.

Fahnestock was on private property, therefore rodeo organizers were legally allowed to keep him from videotaping, according to The Argus Observer.

The rodeo in southeast Oregon is the only one in the state known to hold an event that sponsors call “horse roping” and opponents call “horse tripping.” A video released by SHARK last year also shows the horse roping event from 2012’s Big Loop Rodeo, according to The Argus Observer.

The Oregon Senate has voted to ban the event. The House is considering the bill.

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