July 24, 2013
Macy's Embraces Cruelty - Take Action!
The California Rodeo, in Salinas, CA, is a violently cruel event; in the space of just three days, a steer was killed and two calves injured. Macy's sponsors this rodeo. When confronted about the cruelty, they stated this:
Macy's takes great pride in supporting the communities and events important to the residents where we conduct business. In that spirit, we are pleased to be a part of the California Rodeo Salinas. Macy's supports the rodeo's commitment to livestock safety and welfare, including ensuring the proper medical services on site to ensure prompt and professional care if any injuries occur. We appreciate hearing the feedback from our customers, and we will continue to monitor the situation.
That rodeos care for their animals is a myth. We know that is garbage. Quite frankly, Macy's knows it too, as we've provided the evidence. They just don't care that animals are being hurt and killed in their name. Let's show them that we care!
Please politely call Macy's corporate executive office and ask them to immediately withdraw all support for the California Rodeo Salinas. (212) 494-1602
Please also email Macy's executives. Send them the video links as well as both or either picture below. Tell them that you are joining a boycott of Macy's and will never shop at their stores as long as they sponsor cruel rodeos.
Please also call your local Macy's store, which you can find by putting your zip code HERE. Tell them that you will choose to shop elsewhere as long as Macy's sponsors cruel rodeos.
Watch the videos of animals being injured and killed at the Macy's sponsored California Rodeo Salinas:
More Cruelty Committed at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo
The injuries are mounting at the 2013 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. On July 20, 2013, a steer's neck appeared to be broken and two horses and riders fell head first over a fence. On Sunday, the 21st, a calf suffered a serious neck and a back injury in a roping event and another young steer also broke his leg and was later euthanized. The full extent of injuries to the animals including the horse injuries are unknown due to lack of transparency of official veterinarian reports.
A rodeo rider tramples a steer during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo
Contact Coke and tell them that all these deaths are on them. Please be polite and ask that they never sponsor another rodeo again. Let them know that you will not buy their products as long as they continue to fund animal cruelty.
Please also contact the following Wyoming media outlets and ask them why they aren't covering the severe animal abuse that has been going on at CFD. Remind that that the purpose of a news organization is to report news, not act as PR for a local rodeo.
KCWY: 307 577 0013
"Rodeos Kill Animals: Let's Stop Pretending They Don't."
Renowned author and animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff has written an excellent article titled: "Rodeos Kill Animals: Let's Stop Pretending They Don't."
Please take the time to put an end to rodeos and the sanctioned and horrific abuse of sentient beings who care about what happens to them and to their families and friends. Their pain and suffering are palpable and the videos and stories bring tears to my eyes and break my heart, and I know they will to you as well.
No one I know would tolerate this sort of sanctioned, intentional, and reprehensible abuse to dogs, cats, or other companion animals (aka "pets"). By not politely taking action we are pretending that this well-documented and repeated abuse doesn't really happen, but it does.
You can read the entire article HERE.
Monterey County Weekly on SHARK and our Work
The Monterey County Weekly ran a column about SHARK and our work, specifically with rodeos and even our campaign against Macy's.
You can read the entire article and leave comments HERE.
Now Hindi and his team arm themselves with video cameras and shoot instances of animal cruelty at circuses, bullfights and “whale jails,” or animal parks. This weekend they turned their lenses on the California Rodeo Salinas. Over the course of three days at the rodeo, they captured three videos of animals being injured. On July 19, a young steer was killed during a roping event after a horse trampled it; the steer was injured about 15 seconds into the video—the remaining 3 minutes and 52 seconds show the animal suffering. (About the worst part—immediately after the injury happened, the steer lay there, its neck bent at an awkward angle and its tail flopping back and forth as it waited. Eventually it was loaded onto a lift attached to a tractor; it died just after it was driven out of the ring.)
Now SHARK is calling for a boycott of Macy's, which was a sponsor of this year’s California Rodeo Salinas. In its campaign, SHARK has a picture of the steer trampled by the horse; instead of “The Magic of Macy’s,” which is the company’s tagline, the copy reads, “The Malice of Macy’s,” with what appears to be blood spattered across the page. A Macy’s spokesperson didn’t respond to several requests for comment.
Tell American Airlines to Stop Publicizing Bullfights
ICABS is calling on American Airlines to stop presenting details about bullfighting on its website. The company is publicizing bullfights in Madrid, Seville and Lima and even providing a link to a site where tickets can be purchased.
In the events section of the American Airlines Lima page, an "all-important" bullfight festival is featured along with a phone number and website address for the ticket agent.
"The most famous matadors and bull ranches in the world compete for fame and glory in the Acho Plaza de Toros, a bullfighting arena erected in 1766 and rebuilt in 1945," the event description outlines. "The Feria Taurina del Señor de los Milagros is one of the key bullfighting events in Latin America."
Acknowledging the cruelty of bullfighting, a warning is given to those who "find the practice of bullfighting unpleasant": "We suggest you steer well clear."
Please contact American Airlines and urge them to remove all references to bullfighting from their website.