The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has agreed to pay $25,000 to the activist group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) over inappropriate removal of videos on YouTube.
The videos in question were posted on YouTube by SHARK and contained graphic footage of animals being abused at rodeos on numerous occasions. PRCA contacted YouTube and had the videos removed claiming they were a copyright violation.
Stupid cowboys, don’t they know you can’t copyright a live event? In any case, SHARK sued PRCA for abusing the takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Since cowboys apparently can’t fight anything but helpless animals, they agreed to settle to the tune of $25,000.
Rodeos would like people to believe there’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing. In addition to receiving corporate sponsorship from companies like AT&T/Cingular, Coca Cola, Daimler Chrysler and Jack Daniels, they even want people to believe that they abide by humane rules that protect animals.
However, anyone who’s ever seen what goes on at a rodeo can see there’s something seriously wrong with this alleged “sport.” SHARK’s YouTube page is all the evidence anyone should need. Rodeos injure, abuse and kill animals without giving it a second thought.
Nicely done SHARK! Nicely done.