Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fowl Ropers Run Afoul Of Activists.(New Mexico)

Byline: Fritz Thompson Journal Staff Writer

* Cowboy Symposium's second annual chicken-lassoing competition succumbs to pressure of animal-rights group

Animal-rights activists have fried a chicken-roping contest in Ruidoso Downs.

There will be no second annual New Mexico Chicken Roping competition advertised as about 10 minutes of frivolity during the Oct. 12-15 Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium.

People at United Poultry Concerns Inc. in Virginia didn't think the idea was funny. "Stick up for chickens!" a caption on the organization's Web site reads.

"If cowboys are going to bully birds who have done them no harm, United Poultry Concerns will publicize their cowardice," a news release from the organization said. …

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