The use of electricity to make animals perform
This is the Power-Mite electric prod, manufactured by Hot-Shot Products Company, Inc. It is a very small device -- easily concealable -- which makes it a perfect weapon for rodeo animal abusers.
The electric prod was not designed to be cruel. It was designed to make large animals move when needed. One example might be to get a sick or injured animal up for absolutely necessary medical treatment.
In rodeos the prods are more often used on animals in pens who are unable to move or even turn around. The rodeo people use the pain of the prod to force the animals to "perform" -- to run or buck against their nature and beyond their natural abilities. This can result in injury and even death for the animal victims of the Rodeo Mafia.
The Hot-Shot Power-Mite easily generates between 4,000-5,000 volts of electrical pain, but don't believe us: Click here.
Rodeos use the Hot-Shot device in defiance of the manufacturer's own recommendations, which state:
"We do not recommend our products be used in rodeos."
"We only recommend our products be used on hogs and cattle. Do not use on horses, they are much more sensitive."
"Any use for entertainment purposes is not something we support or condone."
"Our prods should only be used on the rear of animals, never near the head or eyes."
"The Hot-Shot Power-Mite livestock prod is designed, manufactured, and marketed for use to aid in the movement of cattle and hogs. Hot-Shot does not condone the use of the Power-Mite or any Hot-Shot electric prod for use on horses, including horses in a rodeo environment."
--Jim Bartel, Marketing Director, Miller Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Rodeo people claim that the prod "just pinches a little." But a radio talk show host in Las Vegas who tried the prod likened it to, "...a thousand white hot needles going in and out of me."
The prod hurts, and the Rodeo Mafia knows it. That's why they use it on their animal victims, in violation of the prod manufacturer's intentions. That's also why rodeo people refuse to take a jolt from the prod, even though SHARK president Steve Hindi has taken the prod himself, and offered rodeo people as much as $300 to do the same for just an instant.
"We don't condone the use of this on horses and not in rodeos"
--Amy Scheel, Marketing Director, Miller Manufacturing Company, Inc.
The bottom line is -- the Rodeo Mafia can't take what it dishes out.
We've gathered a multitude of video evidence of these devices being used in rodeos. From "backyard rodeos", to PRCA rodeos, IPRA rodeos, and all the way up to the PRCA's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hot-Shotted Horse Dies, July, 2013
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