Kids Endangered at 2013 Tucson Rodeo : Rodeos Abuse, Kills Maims Animals

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“I was on the SHARK website looking for a certain video when I found this…the ultimate video of heinous abuse that goes on in Rodeos; compiled by SHARK.online.org  For those who know little about Rodeo, it isn’t until you see a bunch of animals injured that you start to think; “hang on, this really isn’t good & is nothing more than animal abuse for the entertainment of the crowds”!

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“In the following video, watch as a horse waiting in the chutes has its neck slammed against the steel bars, because it is not acting or not doing what they want it to do…which is acting like an aggressive horse, born & bred to buck!”

“These horses are not vicious or aggressive, they probably just haven’t been backed, i.e. had a saddle put on & broken in properly. Rodeo use a number of things to make the horses appear wilder & buck higher:-

  • The flank strap, apparently used to enhance or encourage bucking. It’s fitted loosely while the animal stands in the chute, as it would cause serious injury to the horse if it was tightened whilst in the chute, so just before it leaves the chute, the strap is pulled upwards causing discomfort or at the least a very odd feeling; making the horse want to buck to be rid of it. The flank strap can cause open wounds and burns when the hair is rubbed off and the skin is chafed raw. Former animal control officers have found burrs and other irritants placed under the flank strap.
  • Spurs are used to assist the rider to maintain grip and balance. In saddle bronc and bareback events the rider’s feet, at the beginning of the ride, must be positioned either side of the horse’s neck in order to score. During the ride the spurring action assists the rider to maintain balance. Now it depends on the spurs used as to how much discomfort they cause.
  • Then of course there are the electric tasers used to shock the horses, which the manufacturers say, should NOT to be used on horses; but that doesn’t stop the rodeo gang. It’s not until you look closely at the guys hanging around the chute, that you see a sneaky hand reach in & shock the horse on the rear or near the face & neck; a split second before the gate is opened! Then the device is either passed to someone else or is quickly hidden to avoid detection! If these horses were wild, or born to buck; why would they have to electrocute them?

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“If these horses were wild or born & bred to buck…surely they wouldn’t need bucking straps on, or the use of electric shocks to make them buck; it’s all done to give the best show to the paying crowd!!” “Have you ever noticed that the horses usually stop bucking as soon as the flank strap is released??”

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“I’ll share this info, for those not familiar with horses, which kind of proves that flank straps must be very uncomfortable or hurt. My horses are well broken in & accustomed to being touched all over; especially the geldings I have had. They often have to have their genital area cleaned out due to something called smegma! Smegma is a collection of dirt and excretions, which builds up inside the sheath & must be removed for the sake of the horse’s health! Those that don’t do it, or might not even know about it, might be wondering why their male horse looks uncomfortable way trying to pee!

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“It is not the most pleasant of thing to do, but it is essential. A firm lump of smegma that has collected and hardened inside the horse’s penis, is often referred to as a nut or bean. This bean must be removed as often as possible or it can cause serious pain to your horse.  I’ve never been crazy about doing this task, but when done often, the more tolerant they become; some even like it & will drop their penis to be cleaned!” “However, if I was to put a bucking strap around their sensitive flank area, even after having their genitals cleaned out…they too, would buck like crazy, because it is a foreign feeling & not pleasant having a tightened strap around that sensitive area!!”

“As the video progresses, watch how grown men actually bite, yes bite the very sensitive part of the horse’s ear; in the so-called “Wild horse race”! But after the continued abuse, the horse goes down, it doesn’t get up, despite the ear biting &kicking. rodeo10

” The horse is clearly traumatised, probably injured from its assault by several men, trying to grapple it to the ground. How can anyone call that entertainment??” 

 “Watch the faces of the calves or steers, as they are roped, then virtually strangled to death by the rope lassoed & tied to the horse’s saddle. Watch as their tongues hang out, desperate to breath; whilst dragged around by the horse!”Rodeo broken neck

“Just watch, make your own mind up, is it right to do the things they do in rodeos to entertain the dwindling crowds? Ask any real cowboy, who works on a ranch, if they would do any of the things done in a rodeo & they will say “No”. Because real cowboy’s or wranglers have to value each & every calf or horse, so there is no way in hell they would rope them like in the rodeo; as it would cause too many fatalities! Rodeo associations as the PRCA claim very few animals are injured and killed in rodeos; they do not disclose the number of animal injuries and deaths. Furthermore, those who do commit humane violations are granted anonymity.”

“Rodeo is nothing more than fake cowboy’s looking for a thrill & the chance at the cash prize, with the event organisers looking for money.  So if you care about animals, please don’t go. Anyone that does go to a rodeo, (aside from getting undercover video) can not call themselves animal lovers. How could any animal lover sit & watch, the injuries animals forced into rodeos are often faced with. Broken ribs, backs, & legs not Rodeo choketo mention punctured lungs, deep internal organ bruising, hemorrhaging,  ripped tendons, torn ligaments & muscles, snapped necks & ultimately those that will endure a long agonizing wait; for the vet to euthanize them… all for a so-called sport”.

“The late Dr. C.G. Haber, a veterinarian who spent 30 years as a federal meat inspector, saw many animals from rodeos sold to the slaughterhouses he inspected. He described seeing animals “with 6-8 ribs broken from the spine, and at times puncturing the lungs.” Haber saw animals with “as much as 2-3 gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin.”

This page exposes Cowboy Criminals:-http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000967

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“Seriously, are the following parents for real? At this age your supposed to be protecting your kids from getting hurt…not putting in them in harms place. One can see a bad accident just waiting to happen, as the kids helmets fall off; all it takes is one well-aimed kick form a sheep, to cause trauma to the face of those kids. The whole spectacle just makes me want to puke!! It’s about time the PRCM

Kids Endangered at 2013 Tucson Rodeo

Published on 20 Mar 2013

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Bull riders on the defensive

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Former Hunter Valley local Brendon Clark is defending his sport ahead of the Professional Bull Riding 2012 Australian Cup Series which kicks off in Newcastle today.

Animal welfare activists are calling for the sport to be banned and have organised a protest outside Newcastle’s Entertainment Centre.

PBR organisers have had to defend the sport after a major retail chain withdrew its support for a Queensland rodeo after pressure from animal cruelty groups.

The Newcastle PBR event is named in honour of the Morpeth-raised rider, who’s been competing in the sports’ top competition in the United States for a decade.

He is aiming for back-to-back wins at the Newcastle competition after taking out last year’s title.

The use flank straps in bull-riding is often raised as an example of cruelty to the animals, but Clark says those concerns are unfounded.

“The unfortunate part about what’s happened there is people are just so uneducated about our sport and they don’t really know the logistics of it and what actually happens,” he said.

“There is a lot of different stories going around like we tie their private parts up to make them buck and that’s definitely as far from the truth as what really happens.”

Local University student and animal welfare activist Amy Johnson has organised the protest, and is calling for the sport to be banned.

She says she is not convinced by assurances from bull-riders.

“Newcastle Council has actually banned animal circuses in Newcastle and if you compare the two industries, they’re very, very similar,” she said.

“The abuse that these animals endure is the same as circus animals.

“They’re caged and confined, they’ve been taken away from natural environments, enslaved all for human entertainment.”

News Link:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-07/bull-riders-on-the-defensive/4116012/?site=newcastle

Animal rights activists say video shows horse abuse at Reno Rodeo more extensive than thought

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RENO, Nev.Animal rights activists say additional videotape shot at the Reno Rodeo shows the alleged abuse of bucking broncos was more extensive than originally thought. “If they can’t see it, they are blind, or don’t want to know it happens!”

Leaders of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, publicized videotape last week they say showed an unknown person secretly giving electric shocks to horses just before they left chutes for competition last month in violation of the rodeo’s policy.

Additional undercover footage released at a news conference Friday in Reno shows a total of four men were involved in the animal shocking, and some horses were shocked by two of them at once, said Steve Hindi, president of the Illinois-based group.

One man used a 10,000-volt electric prod that is banned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, he maintained, while the three others used a 5,000-volt prod that the PRCA only allows on horses that stall in chutes.

SHARK claims rodeo organizers, stock contractors, riders and judges were aware of the use of electric prods and covered it up. The prods were used to rig the competition and help certain cowboys, it further contends. “What you have to remember in rodeo, is, it’s all about the money…not just for the fake cowboys who hang on to a bucking horse (made to buck by a flank strap etc) or strangle baby calves…the contractors of the animals, suppliers etc. all have to make money too, regardless of pain the animals endure!”

“Anyone want to give it a shot?” Hindi asked as visible sparks emerged from two prods he displayed. “It hurts. It is painful. And they say horses are more sensitive to electricity than people … We’re against animals being put at risk for entertainment.” “I have a tens machine for my back pain, a device that transmit small charges that can help in pain management. I’m a bit of a prankster & always trying to get friends to try it, if  anyone will, even when at the lowest setting, you would think they had just sat on the electric chair! If I put it on my horse, she would go flipping bonkers..so I dread to think of the shock the rodeo horses get!”

The Reno Rodeo Association issued a statement Friday saying it was aware of SHARK’s video and may comment later “if and when there is a need to comment on allegations made.”

The association stressed that it makes the health and welfare of its animals a priority, and it works with the rodeo’s official veterinarian to monitor the conditions of livestock. “How can strangling & roping an animal to it’s knees be anything like health & welfare?”

“We understand that there are groups and individuals who do not believe we have the right to interact with animals in sports such as rodeo, but we believe that we can with proper care and handling of those animals,” the statement says. “Have the right to interact with animals…well NO… nobody has the right to hurt an animal, & especially not when the rodeo aim is to force animals to their knees through brute force, or use electric prods on animals…NO they don’t have the bloody right to interact in such horrific ways…especially when they call it animal sport or tradition…who the hell do they think they are? “

After watching the earlier video, rodeo spokesman Steve Schroeder acknowledged that bucking horses were shocked by a person in violation of rodeo rules.

He also said cowboys were found to be “messing” with overhead cameras the rodeo installed after SHARK released similar video in 2011, and the man who administered the shocks worked “really hard to stay out of camera view.” “Mmmm, so why are they messing with cameras, & trying really hard to stay off camera?? because their doing wrong & they don’t want people to see their despicable ways of forcing animals to perform.”

Schroeder wouldn’t identify the man but said he longer would be allowed at the rodeo. He said he expects the man and the livestock subcontractor to face fines. “I will look out for proof of that, not that I will find any, because nobody will face fines etc!”

The PRCA is reviewing the earlier video and allegations, spokeswoman Cindy Schonholtz said Friday, but it has not received the latest video.

The association has 60 rules that govern the care of animals at rodeos, and violators are subject to penalties ranging from fines to suspension and expulsion. Judges at PRCA-sanctioned rodeos submit any rule violations to the association. “Obviously, shocking a frightened horse, shocking any animal, half strangling calves, tripping animals that cause them to break bones, etc. etc. None of these are in the rule book…wonder what the 60 rules could be…I bet its’ about how much bling one can have on a belt buckle!”

“At the Reno rodeo, the judges felt that the use of the prod they observed was within the rules outlined for chute stalling or known chute-stalling horses in order to facilitate safe exit from the chutes,” Schonholtz told The Associated Press. “Why didn’t they just move to another chute & let the horse come out of it’s own accord, which it would have done if not scared half to death!”

The allowed hand-held prods have a similar sensation to an electric livestock fence, she said, and do not make a horse buck or affect the competition once the horse and competitor have exited the chute. “Would anybody like to test that shock? I have been caught many a time when I have been trying to duck under an electric fence to get my horse…I can confirm, it bloody hurts!”

SHARK also released video showing two running calves that were roped around the neck and flipped over on their backs at the Reno Rodeo. One calf’s rear leg was seriously injured, while the other’s neck appeared to break as the cowboy tied its legs. “Not serious enough for their rule book, obviously!”

Hindi said the injuries resulted from “jerk downs,” a practice the PRCA has banned. A jerk down occurs “if a contestant jerks a calf over backward in tie-down roping,” according to the PRCA.

“(The rule) was in place at the Reno Rodeo and violations were reported to the PRCA office,” Schonholtz said. “Those who violated that rule will be receiving penalties as outlined in the policy.”

Hindi thinks the four men using the electric prods were employed by stock contractors, but he was unsure of their names or employers.

The use of the prods is difficult to see in the video because the cowboys wore gloves and long-sleeve shirts to hide them, Hindi said. “You can see it, if your looking in the right place, watch any so-called cowboy, that is leaning over the chute, you will see him pull his hand away very quickly & either tuck the shocker up his sleeve or place it in the back pocket…its bloody obvious to those looking for it!”

GRAPHIC — Rodeos Abuse, Maim and Kill Animals

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“I can’t tell you how much I abhor rodeos, if I did, I would probably be thrown off WordPress!!….Watch the video below, then tell me that rodeos are fun, entertaining, a day out for the whole family!!  That is how they are touted, but the shocking reality is that sentient animals are habitually abused, injuries & deaths are inherent to the rodeo industry.  These fake cowboys care nothing for the animals; broken legs, backs & necks are all too common in the ring of abuse. 

“See the video below, at 3.11, that prisoner…yes prisoner…is actually biting the horses ears (this is a clip taken from the prison rodeo – see  further down) the horse appears to have literally given in to the beatings, he looks in shock!. Throughout the video you can see calf’s & steers literally being strangled to death, by the rope line. At 11.00 a steer lays on its sides, legs flailing, his trauma, possible a broken back or neck renders him unable to rise, he like so many others, are at the mercy of those playing fancy dress, i.e. cowboy’s!!  You can clearly see the excruciating pain on the faces of those poor innocent animals.”

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Forget the hype about rodeos being all-American. This video shows how rodeos abuse, maim and kill animals.

Rock bands Def Leppard and Bon Jovi played at the infamous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 2007 in spite of receiving loads of information about the abuse involved. The Denver Broncos sent their mascot and cheerleaders, while the US Air Force Thunderbirds did flyovers, and on one day a complete air show at taxpayer expense.

Dodge Trucks, Coca-Cola and AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Sam’s Club / WalMart are among companies that give rodeo animal abusers advertising money. This allows the rodeos to keep abusing animals even in many cases when almost no one pays to see the cruel “show.”

Go to http://www.CorporateThugs.com to see how you can just say “NO!” to companies that fund rodeo animal abuse.

Our Rodeo Reality footage is representative of what happens at rodeos everywhere–the brutality and abuse the animals endure is inherent to the industry.

All the documentation on this video was taken by SHARK investigators at rodeos sanctioned and operating under the “humane rules” of either the Professional Rodeo and the National High School Rodeo Association. The vast majority of the scenes on Rodeo Reality come from the rodeos listed below and none of the footage takes place before 2000.

What you see in this video is the nature of rodeo today.

Oklahoma State Fair Rodeo, OK, 2004 (PRCA)
Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, WY, 2005 (PRCA)
NHSRA Finals in Springfield, IL, 2000 and 2001
Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo, OK, 2004 (PRCA)
National Finals Steer Roping, Amarillo, TX, 2004 and 2005 (PRCA)
Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days, Weatherford, TX, 2005 (PRCA)
Woodward, OK, 2005 (PRCA)
Del Rio, TX, State steer roping finals (PRCA)
Pendleton Round-Up, OR 2005 (PRCA)

” Did you know that they have had an anual rodeo for 69 years at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary,  touted as the ‘Only behind the walls’s rodeo’.  Thankfully it has stopped for now, but imagine, the likes of murderers & abusers of all kinds, unleashed on innocent animals. See for yourself, how prisoners treat the animals. Note the young horse that has both his front & possibly rear leg broken; that young horse was forced to walk away on broken legs, then left to suffer, a trailer parked across so viewers can not witness his agony! …As a horse owner, this is so hard for me to bear witness to.

It is utterly barbaric…But the rodeo mafia confirm they love their animals & they don’t suffer!! Well, they have a funny way of showing it, video can’t lie, irrelevant of who took it!  In my eyes, anyone that attends these medieval events should be ashamed for encouraging animal abuse.. How would you feel if you saw someone walking down the street dragging along a horse with broken legs?  Hopefully you would be appalled & call the police & animal control….SO,  what’s the difference between that & the rodeo?? MONEY… corporate thugs, paint it however you wish…All I know, is what I see, innocent animals abused in a ring, portrayed like a western legend…yet called rodeo!!

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Please sign this petition to ban these crude shows of abuse:- Ban rodeo shows! Petition | GoPetition

SHARK – Showing Animals Respect And Kindness:-Sharkonline.org

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