Newly-elected Phoenix city councilwoman Thelda Williams said her first item of business is to make the sport of horse tripping illegal in Phoenix.
Animal welfare organizations have long criticized horse tripping. Such groups want to see the sport outlawed in all states, and they want to see offenders punished as felons.
Horse tripping has been banned in a handful of states, including California, Maine, New Mexico, and Texas, but it is classified as a misdemeanor.
Williams said she first learned of the practice while working with Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff’s office last summer. “I don’t understand the entertainment or the sport of it all because all they’re doing is maiming and killing horses, but it is considered a part of a rodeo and I want it stopped,” she said.
Williams said she’ll present an ordinance banning the sport to the Phoenix City Council later this month.