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11 November 2001 Issue
Rodeo Poll & Protest

Though website polls often disappear before we can advise our subscribers, please give the one a try at http://www.standard.net/opinion.html 

While you're at it, let the Olympics committee know how cruel rodeo is to the animals and that the last thing we need right now is the world seeing (and emulating) our cruelty. How can we ask other nations to curtail their own animal cruelty when we are so free to show ours to the world? Cruelty for entertainment has no merit whatsoever.

As Steve Hindi of SHARK says:

Dear Friends,

I have returned from just over four weeks of travel, having made stops with the Tiger in Atlanta (GA), Raleigh (NC), St. Louis (MO), Colorado Springs and Denver (CO), Salt Lake City (UT), Las Vegas (NV), and Los Angeles (CA). This was a long and productive trip. So much has happened, and is still happening, I will write about it in a few posts over the next few days.

The Tiger's stops in Colorado and Utah were aimed at exposing the Olympic rodeo. The truck grabbed a lot of attention from residents, the media, and the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee. The Committee showed its clout by trying to have the Tiger blocked by a utilities truck when we were in front of Olympic headquarters, and then with a trumped up complaint to police for allegedly obstructing traffic the next night.

Neither tactic worked. Fortunately, the police were very professional, and they realized that this was not their fight. In fact, one cop shut down attempts by rodeo hooligans to cause trouble.

The media loved the truck. One television station interviewed a man on the street, and he said rodeo contestants should be roped and dragged just like the animals. That's quite a comment from a place acknowledged to be rodeo country! The Tiger showed people the truth, and they realized that rodeos abuse animals.

As soon as possible, I will bring the Tiger back to Salt Lake City, well in advance of the Winter Games in February. I think we really have a chance to dump the incredibly stupid idea of an Olympic rodeo, but if not, at least we will expose rodeo to the world media as the act of cruelty and cowardice that it truly is.

Former Olympian Scott Hamilton's public letter urging the cancellation of the Olympic rodeo because of animal abuse is a great development. I urge everyone to write the Governor of Utah, the Salt Lake City Committee, and local newspapers to let them know just what you think. Here is contact info:

Governor Mike Leavitt
210 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84144
801-538-1000
Fax: 801-538-1528
email: governor@state.ut.us 

Salt Lake Organizing Committee
Mitt Romney
299 S. Main St., Ste. 1300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
E-Mail: media.relations@saltlake2002.com 

You can also send letters to the editor of the following local Salt Lake City area newspapers. It is important to remember to include your full name, address and telephone number. E-mail letters lacking full name, postal address and daytime telephone number and those sent to other e-mail boxes will be deleted. E-mail with attachments will be deleted.

The Deseret News:
E-mail: letters@desnews.com
Fax: (801) 237-2530

The Salt Lake City Tribune:
Email: letters@sltrib.com
Fax: 801-257-8950

Points to make:

Rodeo is NOT a legitimate sport, nor does it accurately reflect American history, or the culture of the Salt Lake City region.

Animal protectors regularly demonstrate that rodeo animals are not provided with proper care and treatment at rodeos, and that includes rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), which is putting on this obscene exhibition of cruelty.

The PRCA has consistently refused to release documentation of its false claims that animals are not injured in rodeos, because they know our video documentation would expose their lies.

The vast majority of people do not support rodeos, or other forms of animal abuse, and cruelty should have no representation at the Olympic games.

Here is a sample letter:

Dear Mr. Romney:
I am outraged and utterly repulsed at the thought of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee including a rodeo as a part of the Arts and Culture Festival. There is no "sport" in a rodeo, only cruelty. Rodeos do NOT demonstrate either the US or Canada's western heritage. In fact, a rodeo will embarrass both countries.

Animal protection groups regularly demonstrate that the PRCA's "humane rules" are a public relations sham, and the PRCA will not release its animal injury/death records, for fear of having them exposed as fraudulent.

I am part of the vast majority of the American and Canadian population who do NOT support cruelty and violence. In closing, I urge you to dump the rodeo from the Winter Games.

Sincerely,

Finally, and this is very important, please forward copies of your letters to SHARK. You can E-mail us at <sharkintl@sharkonline.org>, or send them to SHARK, PO Box 28, Geneva, IL 60134.

When the Tiger returns to Salt Lake City, we will bring copies of your correspondence to show the media. It is vital that we demonstrate that compassionate people are the majority.

Come on folks! Let's kick the rodeo animal abusers right out of the Olympics!

Kindest Regards,

Steve Hindi
SHARK
shindi@sharkonline.org

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