The Viva Vine: vol #4, no #5: Nov./Dec. 1995
Rooster Pull

Walt Disney's exciting new movie Pocahontas celebrates the powerful Native American belief in the sacred unity of all life. Leading character Pocahontas lovingly sings, "The heron and the otter are my friends, and we are all connected to each other in a circle and a hoop that never ends."

At festivals at certain Native American pueblos in New Mexico, however, the song of Pocahontas cannot be heard over the screams of roosters being torn limb from limb in an annual rite called a "rooster pull."

In this cruel event, a live rooster is partially buried in dirt or hung from a tree or pole and torn to pieces by men on galloping horses. The men beat each other over the head with the live bird in a competition to cross a finish line. The rooster's beaten body explodes in feathers and blood. So far, the All Indian Pueblo Council has refused to ban the rooster pull and replace it with a nonviolent form of entertainment.

The film Pocahontas carries an important message about the relationship between humans and the animals who share the earth with us. Each precious creature, Pocahontas sings, has "a life, a spirit, and a name." As you read this flyer, innocent birds are scheduled this summer to suffer a horrible death in the name of fun, games and tradition. In keeping with the true spirit advocated in Pocahontas, please help us stop the rooster pull.

Mail a postcard with the the following request:

Dear Pueblo Council:
I wish to add my voice to the growing number of compassionate people who strongly urge you to adopt a policy which bans the Rooster Pull. Compassionate people everywhere ask that the Native American Pueblos adhere to standards of fairness and respect in the treatment of other creatures. In the words of the title character of the film Pocahontas, each creature has "a life, a spirit and a name."

Signed Name (printed)____________,
City, State


to the All Indian Pueblo Council.

For more information about what you can do to help, contact:
United Poultry Concerns today at P.O. Box 59367, Potomac, MD 20859, (301) 948-2406.
Local contact is Sangre de Cristo Animal Protection, Inc.,
P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, NM 87192, (505) 281-0032; Fax (505) 883-7682

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