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.”
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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