Eric Cozzitorto


Eric Competing in Santa Rosa, CA

Eric Competing in Santa Rosa, CA

Eric is a farrier from Gustine, CA who travels as a team roper at rodeos. I caught up with Eric just before he competed at the Sonoma County Fair Rodeo in Santa Rosa, CA. Our conversation ranged from why he loves roping and rodeos to his feelings about using animals in this way and imagining the rodeo experience from the animals' perspectives.


The Interview

Rodeo Montage

The Origin of Team Roping

On the Appeal of Rodeos

Using Animals for Rodeo

Considering the Interests of Animals

Why Animals Exist 

On Using Animals for Entertainment

Some Animals are Food, Others Companions

 Closest Animal Relationship

Accidentally Injuring a Steer

Heritage and Social Change

Loving Animals