Greater than 14,000 individuals have signed a petition aimed toward stopping rapper Cardi B from acting at an occasion in Houston, Texas, over animal welfare considerations.
The artist—who made historical past on Monday by turning into the primary solo feminine to take house the Grammy for Greatest Rap Album—is about to play a present on Friday, March 1, on the NRG Stadium, as a part of the 2019 Houston Livestock Present and Rodeo.
However the petition—which was created on the location Care2—urges the star to drag out as a result of the occasion includes the mistreatment of animals, it argues.
“Horrible information, animal lovers: Cardi B is headlining an occasion chock-full of animal abuse,” the petition description reads. “Cardi B is, herself, an animal lover, which is why we’re asking her to face up for these poor animals and cancel her efficiency on the rodeo.”
The creator of the petition—who is solely recognized as “Kelsey”—wrote that there have been sure occasions on the present the place animals are poorly handled.
“The Houston Livestock Present and Rodeo contains occasions just like the ‘Calf Scramble’ the place burdened and scared child cows are set free after which chased by youngsters,” the petition learn. “There’s additionally a ‘Paint Horse Present’ the place horses are skilled to carry out and transfer by way of trails utilizing a technique referred to as ‘breaking’—a.ok.a. getting overwhelmed. There’s not good purpose to deal with a horse like this, it is really simply to drive them to carry out for human leisure.”
The petition additionally famous that the present featured extra conventional rodeo occasions, which the creator described as “extraordinarily abusive.”
“For instance, with the intention to get the bulls indignant sufficient to buck their riders off, they apply a painful flank strap,” it learn.
Animal rights activists and organizations argue that these straps are used to annoy and enrage rodeo bulls. Animal rights group PETA says that they’re typically mounted uncomfortably tight across the bulls’ abdomens, which causes them to buck vigorously.
Nonetheless, rodeo proponents declare that whereas the straps encourage the bulls to buck by offering a sensation of stress, they aren’t painful to the animals, including that the conduct is a pure response to having the rider on high of them.
The petition—which has a objective of 15,000 signtatures—went on to notice that Cardi B is clearly an animal lover because of the truth that she has 11 canines.
“She might not know all of the methods animals are being abused to make this Houston occasion go on although,” it learn. “That is why it is as much as us, her followers, to ask her to not use her title and recognition to help such grotesque conduct. Cardi, please be a hero for animals and drop out of this occasion!”
Different notable artists performing on the occasion embody Carlos Santana, Kings of Leon, Camila Cabello and Kacey Musgraves.
The Houston Livestock Present and Rodeo didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.