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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

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Discovery Channel airs new rodeo show

From Johanna Clearfield:

(Rodeo fact sheet below)

The Discovery Channel has a horrendous new show, the home page for this horrible Rodeo show is:

http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/beyondthebull/beyondthebull.html?clik=netmain_feat1 

People can submit emails objecting to the show by going to:

http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations 

Here is the blurb which is posted on their home page:

It’s not if you get hurt. But when. And how bad.”

Beyond the Bull taps into the adrenaline of the fastest growing sport in America: professional bull riding. In the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series Tour, the world’s best cowboys battle their 2,000 pound opponents for a million-dollar prize, bragging rights and the championship title. If they’re lucky, they stay on the bull for a full eight seconds to qualify for monetary prizes; if not, they fall in the rankings and walk away (or limp away) without a dime.

Beyond the Bull spotlights three riders as they compete, chase the purse and tempt fate. Access to never-before-seen moments from the tour reveals their lives outside the chute – as husbands, fathers and sons. Each leads a hectic life — balancing careers and families, as well as battling their personal demons and fears. And with every bull they mount, the riders risk broken bones, dashed dreams and crushed egos.

Viewers will meet the hotshot young Australian Brendon Clark, who is navigating his sophomore season on the circuit; cattle rancher and newly engaged J.W. Hart, who's been successful but hasn't reached the championship pinnacle; and family man and Brazilian legend Adriano Moraes, who is vying for an unprecedented third gold buckle. In addition to the riders themselves, Beyond the Bull also features PBR medical director Dr. Tandy Freeman, J.W.'s fiance LeAnn Stilley, Adriano's wife Flavia Moraes and Brendon's girlfriend Anna Hunt.

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From the Peta website www.peta.org (which includes a photo of a young bull stumbling and breaking a leg, horrifying onlookers, at the recent 120th Annual World's Oldest Running Rodeo) :

PETA, along with every other national animal protection organization in the United States, is working to put an end to the rodeo—an abusive spectacle that has no place in a civilized society.

Rodeo promoters say that the animals are wild and rough, but without the use of spurs, tail-twisting, and bucking straps cinched tightly around their abdomen and groin, these frightened and often docile animals wouldn't even buck. They are terrorized into action when men shove electric prods into them, twist their necks, yank them by their tails or legs, slam them to the ground, or otherwise batter them. The fact that most of these innocent animals are eventually destined for the slaughterhouse in no way justifies compounding their agony along the way.

THE PRCA: ALL BULL

Complaints about rodeos are forwarded to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), which sends the complainant a "soothing" letter saying that PRCA's "humane rules" protect the animals. Actually, these rules are worthless; they are rarely enforced, and when they are, the fines imposed on the cowboys are so small as to be meaningless in comparison to the big prize money being vied for.

BODIES BATTERED OUTSIDE AND INSIDE

Often, the animals' injuries are internal. Dr. C.G. Haber, a veterinarian who worked for 30 years as a meat inspector in slaughterhouses, saw scores of animals discarded from rodeos and sent to slaughter. Toughened as he was to animal suffering, the condition of animals from rodeos sickened him. He described them as "so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached (to the flesh) were the head, neck, leg, and belly. ... I have seen animals," he said, "with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times, puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as two to three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin. Bullfights are merciful compared to rodeos. It's high time this cruel sport be outlawed in the United States."

ALSO visit SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) www.sharkonline.org  for more information, video and photos about the truth behind rodeo lies.


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