Horrific Ray Killing Contest Exposed
This past Saturday, June 13, 2015, SHARK, at the request of Maryland-based Fish Feel, documented an extraordinarily cruel cownose ray killing contest on the Patuxent River.
This was a bow fishing tournament, and contestants shot arrows into the rays, many of whom were pregnant, then beat them mercilessly with metal bats.
SHARK cameras caught the ray slaughter on the water, while other investigators went undercover at the tournament staging area and filmed the bloody bodies of the rays as they were presented and weighed.
We will have much more on this issue in the near future. Right now, please contact Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and ask him to stop all future ray killing tournaments:
After the contest was over, we filmed contestants dumping blood and dead bodies into the river. A disgraceful end to a truly dishonorable day.
We would also like to thank Last Chance for Animals for their financial support that allowed us to send our team to this important event.
Major Media Coverage and Investigations on the Cruel Tierra Caliente Rodeo
Thanks to this effort, and as you will read in the following news articles, Gloucester County has acknowledged that there was "cattle prod abuse" and that the "county has suspended any future events with Rancho San Isidro until the matter is resolved."
We also spoke directly with Gloucester County Undersheriff Andre Bay who said the county will, "do a thorough investigation."
We will be following through on these investigations to make sure the responsible parties are held accountable.
There has been major news coverage on this issue and great outrage over how cruelly the bulls were treated:
Rodeo animals tortured at county-owned park in N.J., animal rights group says
Rights group calls for investigation of rodeo animals allegedly tortured at N.J. county-owned facility
What you're saying about rodeo animal abuse allegations at N.J. county-owned park
Bulls whipped, shocked on video during rodeo at county-owned park
SHARK activists expose animal cruelty at Mexican rodeo
SEE IT: Rodeo workers torture bulls, deny them water at New Jersey event, animal rights group says
NBC 10: Animal Cruelty Allegations Aimed at NJ Rodeo
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Cruel Christian School Rodeo Fundraiser; Hypocrisy and Cowardice
The story was covered in this article: Animal activists: N.J. Christian school's rodeo was un-Christian
In the article, school board member John Amels said he hadn't heard from SHARK:
"I would say we take any complaint seriously," he said. "If there's any fear, any concern about the well-being of these animals, we can look back at this event and certainly take their concerns into account. We'd be glad to have that discussion."
On June 9th, SHARK called the Sussex Christian School, spoke to the school's secretary, and asked that Mr. Amels call us back to talk about the rodeo.
Guess what? He didn't return our call. On top of hypocrisy, Sussex Christian School is showing that they don't have the courage to defend their cruel fundraiser or even to follow through on the statement they made in the press.
On the Sussex Christian School website it states: "The school realizes that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord."
The only fear present at the rodeo, however, was that inflicted upon innocent animals.