July 24, 2016
SHARK investigators currently at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (CFD), in Cheyenne Wyoming, have documented eight animals that were brutalized, injured and who most likely will die in just the first two days. There are still eight more days to go, and we expect there to be many more victims.
Rodeo supporters and promoters will say that rodeos are “humane” and represent daily values but it is all a miserable lie. You don’t have to take our word for it, just look at the suffering caused in the name of “entertainment.”
On July 19, 2016, SHARK was in Salinas, California to hold a press conference dealing with the cruelty and underreporting of injuries by the California Rodeo Salinas (CRS). You can see the entire press conference, where all of our evidence is displayed, in THIS video.
SHARK filed complaints against CSR Veterinarian Tim Eastman for dramatically underreporting the number of animals injured to the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB), as required by state law. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against CSR on our behalf on this issue, however, the judge dismissed the case before even looking at SHARK’s evidence of animal injuries. We are now appealing that ruling.
Internal documents obtained through discovery revealed shocking information; a lobbyist working with the rodeo worked directly with the investigator for the CVMB on the complaint filed by SHARK. In an email written by that lobbyist, he wrote that the investigator “laughed” and said, “got it” after he disparaged SHARK and falsely claimed we were not honest.
That a state investigator worked with a lobbyist whose client was under investigation is simply an outrage. This is akin to a lobbyist working with a police officer to dismiss a drunk driving claim against a client. It’s inappropriate and we believe unethical. That is why we sent a letter to the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (the parent agency of the CVMB) asking for a full investigation of the incident.
On June 25, Steve Hindi was interviewed on Animals Today Radio. You can hear the entire show on THIS link.
SHARK was at the AR2016 conference, and SHARK President Steve Hindi gave the movement a wake-up call, which you can watch on the following link: