Cardi B is set to perform at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 1 at the NRG Stadium, but as of Tuesday (Feb. 12), over 15,000 people have signed a new petition asking Cardi to boycott the event in support of animal welfare.
The petition, hosted on the site Care2, argues that animals are mistreated during the rodeo, and urgers the rapper to “come out as an animal lover and stand up for the abused animals at the rodeo.”
The petition references Cardi’s 11 dogs as an example that she cares about the well-being of animals. “Horrible news, animal lovers: Cardi B is headlining an event chock-full of animal abuse,” states the petition. “Cardi B is, herself, an animal lover, which is why we’re asking her to stand up for these poor animals and cancel her performance at the rodeo.”
“She may not know all the ways animals are being abused to make this Houston event go on though,” it continues. “That’s why it’s up to us, her fans, to ask her not to use her name and popularity to support such gruesome behavior.”
In a statement to Billboard, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo says, “The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ strongly believes in the importance of animal welfare. We take great pride in the care and attention our livestock receive throughout the Rodeo. We work closely with veterinary professionals and the Houston SPCA who are on-site daily. We are looking forward to welcoming Cardi B on March 1 and would be happy to show her how we treat all animals.”