Vancouver animalrights activist arrested at rodeo
JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — A member of an Illinois-based animal-rights group from Vancouver has been arrested after refusing to stop videotaping at an annual Eastern Oregon rodeo where horses are roped by the legs in an event the state Legislature is considering outlawing.The Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo along the Idaho border is the only rodeo in Oregon known to include the event, called “horse roping” by its advocates and “horse tripping” by opponents such as the organization Showing Animals Kindness and Respect of Geneva, Ill.The group has campaigned against the event and has posted videos on YouTube from previous rodeos. The timed event involves cowboys lassoing horses by the legs, causing the animals to fall to the ground.The Oregon Senate last month voted 26-6 to outlaw horse roping for entertainment purposes. Ranchers and veterinarians still would be able to do it. The measure is in the House, where it’s had a committee hearing but hasn’t been sent to the floor.The Malheur County sheriff’s office said a volunteer with Showing Animals Kindness and Respect, 30-year-old Adam Fahnestock of Vancouver, was arrested Saturday on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.