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Activists Sue Rodeo Group

Activists Sue Rodeo Group

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. 

 

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8:44AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Fermiamo i rodei.

9:47PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi

9:24PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

rodeos are ugly

3:39PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

No rancher would ever treat stock the way they're abused in rodeo events--so much for "tradition." Just as bad are the lies and cover ups with no enforcement of rules. Worse is what one can only imagine when the contestants spend their time "practicing" on a remote ranch with no one around to watch the mayhem. Instead of humanely euthanizing injured calves or other livestock and relieving suffering, which would preclude them from the market and food chain, they keep them alive so they can be slaughtered and the meat sold. This is the mentality of rodeo. It's akin to dog fighting and should be banned everywhere. There's no place for such cruelty in a civilized society in the 21st century.

11:25AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

By the way, if you ever view a rodeo on tv, you will notice that the cameraman cuts away so viewers can't see what happens to the calf, running 35 mph, when it is roped and the rope suddenly goes taught, slamming the calf to the ground in a gruesome, mangled heap. That sight is too graphic to show audiences, but not the banners of sponsors like Coca Cola and Dodge Trucks adorning the arena walls. It's all about the advertising. Shame on those companies for being morally bankrupt. May they go financially bankrupt.

11:18AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I don't even have to watch this video to know what it shows. I saw it firsthand a few years ago when I attended the Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo in Tucson. I was at the calf-roping chute for 4 days monitoring it and saw the terrorizing of the calves before their release into the arena. It's hidden from the public and I was arrested on the last day of the competition for being an unauthorized witness.

11:13AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

It's very obvious why rodeo security will not allow cameras, camcorders, or other recording devices inside a rodeo. Many thanks to all of the brave activists who risked their personal safety to acquire this documented proof of abuse.

4:25AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

That is what a red neck is! An ignorant Animal Abuser with the look of Stupid all over his or her face!It doesn't even register that they are abusing the Animals!If that doesn't say Hey I'm stupid then what does?It's been long over due to take a long look in the mirror daily and say to your self , I am no better than the rest of ALMIGHTY GODS Creatures and I am stopping any action toward them that if I were in their place I wouldn't like! If any one does this, then good for you!You should be proud of your self for having empathy for your fellow spiritual beings that are a long side of you having physical experiences!

4:14AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

I don't know all the ins and outs of Rodeos, but, how can anyone in their right mind say they are NOT cruel to animals. It is so obvious even to the casual viewer.
pls do not attend any rodeos, it is not a sport, and is the an
American tradition. It is just plain animal abuse!

1:33PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

Rodeos are a disgusting sport, if that's what you want to call it. I call it commercialized animal abuse or abuse for profit. I see no use for rodeos. All they portray to me is a chance for and some women to show how "macho" they are that they can conquer an animal. I don't see much wrong with barrel races or pole bending, but the other stuff is horrible and should be completely banned.

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