December 4, 2019
Using a night-vision camera, our investigator filmed an injured steer fall off a forklift pallet and hit the pavement headfirst (see picture below).
Overseeing all of this was the onsite veterinarian, whom we learned is Dr. Brian Hodes. According to the Kansas State University website, Dr. Hodes is President-Elect of the College of Veterinary Medicine. As the video shows, Dr. Hodes did not examine the injured animal when he fell off the forklift, even though he may have suffered even more grievous injuries.
On November 25th, SHARK Investigator Stu Chaifetz called Dr. Hodes. As both Mr. Chaifetz and Mr. Hodes were in “one party consent” states, Chaifetz was able to legally record the call.
In a revealing 13 minute phone call, Dr. Hodes admitted his presence at the steer roping event as the onsite veterinarian. Dr. Hodes also admitted he witnessed the transportation of the injured animals. When asked if he saw the injured steer fall, Dr. Hodes answered “no.”
In the picture below, Dr. Hodes (circled) is seen standing right above the injured steer right after he fell off the forklift. He was there the entire time, meaning he lied about not seeing the incident.
We've seen this time and time again; groups overflowing with millions of dollars taking credit for something that does nothing to save lives, and then fundraising off of that publicity.
The bottom line should always be what actually works to expose abuse, not what makes the rich animal welfare VIPs richer. Please do not support groups that partake in these scam PR stunts.
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