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Horse tripping ordinance momentarily debated by commission

Reported by: John Treanor
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Updated: 8/07/2013 5:58 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A passionate and confusing debate took place today when Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani introduced an ordinance then added an amendment to her ordinance, and then led the charge against the very thing she herself introduced.

Two hours of debate, dozens of speakers and in the end nothing at all changes.

“OK, so this is a new ordinance. Am I right? So you’re moving to not adopt your own ordinance? Correct,” said Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

His comment drew some laughter from the audience attending the commission meeting.

To understand the fight you have to understand the issue, and for that you have to leave the commissioners and head to an historic Mexican event, the rodeo and a controversial sport called horse tripping

“We were the first county to adopt anti-horse tripping language," Giunchigliani said.

Intentionall tripping, roping, or lassoing a horse has been illegal in Clark County since 2010 when Giunchigliani worked to ban it.

After the state adopted its own rules, she introduced a change and allow the sport only with break-away ropes and an on-site vet.

Then she introduced an amendment to that new rule -- have the vet on call in case a horse gets injured.

The new idea had critics on both sides: Some that think its too harsh, the majority not harsh enough.

The debate was healthy; the end was just confusing.

After Giunchigliani introduced the change and the amendment, one commissioner introduced a motion to throw it out.

Giunchigliani said she only introduced the bill on good faith for the state but didn't appear to have much faith in it, and to the applause of animal rights activists horse tripping remains illegal.




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