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Rodeo Lobbyist Influences CA Vet Board Investigation/ Join SHARK in Oklahoma to Protest Senator Inhofe

August 16, 2016

DEAR FRIENDS,


SHARK asked the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to investigate the shocking mishandling of two investigations involving flagrant misreporting of animal injuries and animal abuse at the California Rodeo Salinas (CRS). In an email dated August 5, 2016, DCA has confirmed that they are looking into our complaint.
 


On July 28, 2016, SHARK sent a letter to Awe Kidane, Director of DCA (the parent agency of the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB)) that outlined the serious problems with the CVMB’s supposed investigation of two complaints filed against the CRS for underreporting the number of animals injured during the rodeo as required by state law. You can read the entire letter HERE.

A steer injured at the CRS

 

SHARK sued the rodeo, and in discovery uncovered an email chain between CSR and Robert Fox, a lobbyist working for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (a rodeo industry group that was working closely with CRS fighting the complaints).  Mr. Fox wrote the following in an email dated September 23, 2014, titled “Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners":



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That a state investigator was very 'cooperative' with a lobbyist and gave him a "comfortable feeling" 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 is highly  inappropriate and we believe unethical.


We will keep you informed about the investigation. Let’s hope the California Department of Consumer Affairs has more integrity than the California Veterinary Medical Board.
 

 
 
 
 
SHARK is sending out a nationwide call to the animal protection movement to join us in Oklahoma to protest United States Senator Jim Inhofe’s annual live pigeon shoot political fundraiser. The slaughter is set to take place on September 9, 2016, followed by a dove hunt on September 10th, outside of Altus, OK. SHARK will be there both days.
 
You can view our Facebook event page HERE
 
Watch our new video HERE
 
 
US Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. Thousands of birds are slaughtered at his annual live pigeon shoot. It's time for the animal protection movement to focus on his cruelty
 
 
 
 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

Animals are treated as disposable objects at the viciously cruel Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Local media refuses to cover these displays of animal abuse due to the money that comes in. Journalistic integrity is just one of the attributes that are extinct in Cheyenne, along with integrity, dignity, honor and compassion.
 

Watch the video HERE
 

An injured calf at the CFD rodeo