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Sheryl Crow Criticized for Donation

Sheryl Crow Criticized for Donation

 

Sheryl Crow, who has publicly supported campaigns to keep our wild horses on the range is receiving criticism from an animal rights group for performing at a rodeo and donating money from the show to save mustangs.

Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), who has worked to expose rodeo cruelty, among other abuses, is calling out the hypocrisy of Crow performing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming on July 22 with Kid Rock.

She announced on her website that she is “aware of the contrasting and very passionate opinions that people have about this event, and rodeos in general. In recognition of these differences, and out of my love for wild horses, a portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to The Cloud Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.”

“We are very grateful for Sheryl’s continuing support to save the last wild horses still roaming free in the West,” said Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation in a statement. “The herds are so small now they run the risk of dying out.”

SHARK, however, has a different take on the situation.

“How can an organization dedicated to helping wild horses take blood money that was based, in part, on abusing wild horses? We believe what Ms. Crow is doing is nothing but PR spin,” said Stuart Chaifetz, a spokesman for the Illinois-based group, reports the Associated Press.

Kathrens argues that “SHARK’s criticism is unjustified because rodeos are prohibited under the 1971 federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act from using mustangs removed from the range by the government.”

Abuse one to save another? Cruelty is cruelty. The rodeo is a ridiculous and indefensible celebration of torture and brutality whether or not it involves wild or domestic animals.

“It is our sincere hope that Sheryl Crow will see the abuse that her name is going to help support and join us in opposing rodeos,” states SHARK President Steve Hindi “At the very least, we ask her to insist that the Cheyenne Frontier Days abandon its cruel wild horse race.”

You can leave a comment on Crow’s Facebook page, or add a comment here, or become a fan of the Boycott Sheryl Crow Rodeo Concerts page on Facebook.

To view the following video in its entirety and listen to SHARK’s message for Sheryl Crow, visit Shame on Cheyenne.

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8:41PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Looks to me like someone is removing all the comments from her FB page. I couldn't find any at all.

10:00AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

I like Sheryl & I've been to rodeos. Usually it's the cowboys who get hurt. I've always thought the BLM was removing horses from the range so they can lease more land out for cattle. I've adopted mustangs in the past ( 25-30 yrs ago)

9:03PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Cornelius, I could care less if you and Rosemary wear the same size dress or not. I suspect you might since your sarcasm and posting styles are identical.

You know perfectly well that it's irrelevant if a member of your personal family ever migrated to the U.S. or not. Many IRISH did. The relevancy of "rodeo" and the IRA is pretty simple, and I'll try to explain......you imply that because you live in Ireland, that makes you somehow "superior" to abuse, and you "loathe" holidays that most people look forward to and rodeo, yet the country in which you live has been involved in civil war and countless deaths of innocent people for decades. Just seems a bit hypocritical to "loathe" so many things, while ignoring others.

"Cyber stalker"? Really? Get a grip. This is an open site/forum, where I have every much a right to comment as you. You never miss an opportunity to respond to my posts, even when they weren't TO you, or ABOUT you. I could claim it's the other way around and I think I'd be far closer to the truth. "Mason-Dixon Line"? Go get your Atlas, Ma'am, or whatever. Hardly.

10:05PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Isn't that a bit "snarky", Cornelius? I don't think it's important to point out that Christmas isn't an "American" holiday, nor the "your land-grabbing ancestors" remark being appropriate. You live in Ireland, I do believe? Some of YOUR ancestors were early settlers in the U.S., and I do believe the IRA started in Ireland, so what is the relevancy to this topic? For the record, I'm getting the impression you loathe EVERYTHING. Maybe you could correct me there, if there is anything you do like?

1:51PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

I hate to have to break this to you James but Christmas is emphatically NOT an American tradition, people ALL OVER THE WORLD celebrated Christmas long before your ancestors commenced their own particular genocidal land-grabbing TRADITIONS. And for the record I loathe Christmas almost as much as I loathe thanksgiving and rodeos.

12:56AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

James H., I LOVE your comments. Sent you a green star. Wish I could boycott "Schitt".........where do I get a sign?

There will always be protesters who want to display ignorance and make a big deal out of ANYTHING for publicity. I think it started before I was born, but does VietNam ring a bell? How many threw garbage on soldiers who returned home sans legs, or arms and screamed "baby killer" at them? Protest the WAR involvement, but not the soldiers over there giving their lives in the name of our country! Sheryl Crow is a horsewoman and animal welfare advocate. Take the hatred where it belongs........to those who actually ARE trying to eliminate wild horses.......the BLM.

8:23PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Seriously? Some people don't have anything better to do than search for stuff to complain about? Ms. Crow is doing nothing wrong. She's just trying to help.

4:59PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

COME ON, WAKE UP, SHERYL IS ON OUR SIDE. JUST BECAUSE SHE IS FIGHTING THIS FIGHT IN THE BEST WAY THAT SHE KNOWS HOW, AND YOU DON’T APPROVE OF HER METHODS, IS NO REASON TO BASH HER….. I MEAN, AREN’T WE ALL FIGHTING THIS BATTLE IN THE BEST WAY THAT WE KNOW HOW? DO YOU AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT I DO IN THIS FIGHT? HELL NO. DO I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU DO IN THIS FIGHT? DEFINITELY HELL NO.
I PERSONALLY THINK THAT ANYONE WHO HAS NOT CALLED THE JUDGE PERSONALLY REGARDING LENNOX HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO BASH SHERYL CROW. BUT THAT’S MY OPPINION AND I DON’T EXPECT ANYONE BUT ME TO BE CONCERNED WITH IT, ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF SHARK OR SCHIT.
AND I’M NOT GOING TO BOYCOTT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE HELPING SEALS AND NOT LENNOX, BECAUSE YOU ARE HELPING WOMEN IN SOUTH AFFRICA AND NOT LENNOX, AND I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO BOYCOTT YOU BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOUR TIME IS BETTER SPENT BAD MOUTHING ONE OF OUR OWN SOLDIERS INSTEAD OF FIGHTING FOR LENNOX’S LIFE.
COME ON, WE ARE NOT GOING TO WIN ANYTHING IF WE KEEP SHOOTING EACH OTHER.

4:56PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

I think I’ll boycott SHARK (seems to be an appropriate name for an organization that attacks humans who mean well).
Sheryl Crow is a well-meaning individual, rodeos are an American tradition like Christmas and Thanksgiving (which means that someone bashing rodeos is no better than someone bashing Christmas).
I would love to know how much money has been raised by the Sherly Crow Hating Individuals Troup (SCHIT) to help the wild mustangs…those are the real hypocrites.
Nope, can’t do it on this one, gotta’ say “grow up” to the SHARK and SCHIT supporters. When was the last time any SHARKs or SCHITs checked on Lennox or Patrick…LENNOX IS STILL ON DEATH ROW BECAUSE HE LOOKS LIKE A PIT BULL AND THESE FOOLS ARE MORE CONCERNED BECAUSE SHERYL IS HELPING BUT NOT IN A WAY THAT THEY APPROVE OF?
COME ON, WAKE UP, SHERYL IS ON OUR SIDE. JUST BECAUSE SHE IS FIGHTING THIS FIGHT IN THE BEST WAY THAT SHE KNOWS HOW, AND YOU DON’T APPROVE OF HER METHODS, IS NO REASON TO BASH HER….. I MEAN, AREN’T WE ALL FIGHTING THIS BATTLE IN THE BEST WAY THAT WE KNOW HOW? DO YOU AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT I DO IN THIS FIGHT? HELL NO. DO I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU DO IN THIS FIGHT? DEFINITELY HELL NO.
I PERSONALLY THINK THAT ANYONE WHO HAS NOT CALLED THE JUDGE PERSONALLY REGARDING LENNOX HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO BASH SHERYL CROW. BUT THAT’S MY OPPINION AND I DON’T EXPECT ANYONE BUT ME TO BE CONCERNED WITH IT, ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF SHARK/SCH

4:41AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Disgusting.

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