by [email protected]
One of the more important issues involving animals
recently is the impending chance that rodeo will become an event in the
Olympics. Inclusion of rodeo and it's inherent abuse would not only
showcase America's cruelty to animals to the world, but would also open
the door to emulation of that cruelty. Do we really want to encourage
other country's Olympic hopefuls to begin their own rodeo competitions
in their own countries? This is why it's so important to stand up
against rodeo in the Olympics now, and stop it before it starts. Once
it's in the Olympics, there is little doubt that it will be next to
impossible to remove.
There are various groups working hard to keep this from
happening, prominent among them is Steve Hindi's SHARK. SHARK and it's
Tiger Truck have been in the forefront, informing the public, and have
earned a fair amount of press coverage, but this week there was a
wonderful opportunity to bring the truth to the public and CBS decided
instead to give us what could at best be called a fluff piece, and did
little more than glorify rodeo, ignoring the cruelty involved. There was
even a segment showing a calf being roped, but it was creatively edited
so that the audience didn't see the calf being whiplashed around at the
end of the rope, nor did it show the "cowboy" slamming the calf to the
ground. Not because it didn't happen, but because it was conveniently
out of sight of the camera.
It is still of primary importance to keep pressure on
the Olympic committee to remove all chances of the rodeo being in the
Olympics, and you can do this by writing to:
Salt Lake Organizing Committee
Mitt Romney, President
299 S. Main St., Ste. 1300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone : 801-212-2002
United States Olympic Committee
Ms. Sandra Baldwin, President
Mr. Scott Blackmun, Acting Secretary General
One Olympic Plz.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Tel.: 719-578 4529
E-Mail: [email protected]
Canadian Olympic Association
Mr. Michael A. Chambers, President
Mr. Lou Ragagnin, General Secretary
av. Pierre Dupuy 2380
Montréal, Québec H3C 3R4
E-Mail: [email protected]
Assistant to Executive Director, Business Operations
Canadian Olympic Association
E-Mail: [email protected]
International Organizing Committee
Jacques Rogge, President
Château de Vidy
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But it is also important to let the producers of CBS's
"48 Hours" know that their piece on rodeos was entirely unacceptable.
SHARK's Steve Hindi suggested the following:
You can post your thoughts on the outrageous 48 Hours
rodeo promo on their
website at <http://bbs.cbsnews.com/48hours>.
There is a slight hassle
getting registered, but then you can let them have it for everyone to
Here is what I posted (you don't have to be so
I am a rodeo investigator with over eight years of
organization (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) and I regularly
rodeo animal abuse across the United States to local, national and
international media, and to legislators, county boards, city councils
potential corporate sponsors.
Some months back, I was interviewed by 48 Hours
regarding the rodeo issue.
My organization had heard about the impending rodeo story, and called to
argue that there should be balance. We had to push 48 Hours to cover the
other side of the rodeo issue, as this so-called "news program" made no
effort to conduct itself according to legitimate journalistic standards.
was only under pressure that 48 Hours came to my home to talk about
In advance of the interview, I supplied 48 Hours with
very extensive video
documentation from eight years of rodeo investigations, along with still
pictures and other evidence. This documentation constitutes irrefutable
proof that rodeos are not only cruel, but that animals are regularly
and killed. At no time did 48 Hours challenge or contradict this
documentation in any way.
Furthermore, I provided 48 Hours with evidence that the
Cowboys Association (PRCA) and other rodeo associations do NOT enforce
so-called humane rules. On the contrary, I named a long list of PRCA
contractors who violate the PRCA's rules with impunity year after year.
When the 48 Hours crew was at my home, I appealed to
them to go to rodeos
undercover to see what really goes on. I did not ask 48 Hours to believe
what I said, but rather what was documented, and to further obtain their
documentation. The producer outright refused.
Obviously, the rodeo story did NOT show any of the
documentation of rodeo animal abuse, nor any other evidence we made
available. 48 Hours did NOT obtain it's own evidence.
Additionally, at least one large animal veterinarian
with experience treating
injured rodeo animals contacted 48 Hours in advance of the story.
her evidence, based on decades of experience, was completely ignored.
Untalented or undedicated journalists sometimes produce
coverage that is
nothing more than a "he said, she said" story. That's bad journalism.
Incredibly, 48 Hours did not even aspire to this substandard. This was a
case of a predetermined story line, damn the facts, and the most blatant
disregard for truth I have, or hopefully ever will witness.
I now call upon CBS News to either refute the
extraordinary amount and
quality of evidence of rodeo animal abuse, or to issue a retraction and
public apology, and fire all staff involved in the creation of this
abomination masquerading as journalism, from Dan Rather on down.
This is not a question of differing philosophies or
ethics. This is a case
of CBS News, while publicly claiming to be at the pinnacle of
sinking to a depth that boggles the imagination. To call this story
is an understatement. This was nothing more than a shameless promo piece
The entire CBS News organization should be utterly
For more information on rodeo cruelty NOT covered by 48
Hours, go to
SHARK will soon be going on tour with the Tiger Truck,
right along with the relay of the Olympic Torch, in order to educate the
public on this important issue. Help support their efforts by giving
them a welcome at one of the stops they make near you. The schedule is
Expected Tiger schedule as it tracks the Olympic Torch
Lunch: South Bend, Ind., Convention Center
Dinner: Chicago, Ill., Navy Pier
Visiting: Oak Brook, Ill.
Mt. Pleasant, Wis.
Lunch: Highland Park, Ill., Ravinia Park
Dinner: Milwaukee Wisconsin State Fair Park
Visiting: Terre Haute, Ind.
Clark Co., Ill.
Effingham Co., Ill.
Saint Claire Co., Mo.
Dinner: Saint Louis, Mo., Kiener Plz.
Visiting: Wentzville, Mo.
Lunch: Columbia, Mo., Hearns Field House
Dinner: Kansas City, Mo., Corner of Ward and Broadway Streets
Visiting: Saint Joseph, Mo.
Nebraska City, Neb.
Lunch: Council Bluffs, Iowa, Town Plaza on First Avenue
Dinner: Omaha, Neb., Farnum and 14th Streets
Visiting: Topeka, Kan.
Lunch: Oklahoma City, Okla., Bricktown Event Center
Visiting: Amarillo, Texas
Lunch: Santa Fe, N.M., Downtown Plaza
Dinner: Albuquerque, N.M., Civic Plaza
Visiting: Maricopa, Ariz.
Lunch: Tucson, Ariz., Reid Park
Dinner: Phoenix, Ariz., Patriot's Square Park
Visiting: Yuma, Ariz.
Imperial Co., Calif.
Chula Vista, Calif.
Lunch: Coronado Co., Calif., Speckles Park
Dinner: San Diego, Calif., Embarcadero Marine Park
Visiting: Dana Point, Calif.
Newport Beach, Calif.
Lunch: Los Angeles, Calif., L.A. Coliseum
Dinner: Los Angeles, Calif., City Walk
Visiting: Pasadena, Calif.
Lunch: Santa Barbara, Calif., Railroad Station
Dinner: San Luis Obispo, Calif., Monterrey and Osos Streets
Visiting: Paso Robles, Calif.
King City, Calif.
Lunch: Salinas, Calif., John Steinbeck Center
Dinner: Seaside, Calif., Canyon del Rey, Corner of Harcourt Street
Visiting: Santa Cruz, Calif.
Lunch: San Jose, Calif., Center for Performing Arts
Dinner: San Francisco, Calif., Ferry Building and Justin Herman Plaza
Visiting: Sausalito, Calif.
Walnut Grove. Calif.
Lunch: Concord, Calif., Todos Santos Plaza
Dinner: Sacramento, Calif., Old Sacramento or Capital Mall
Visiting: Heights, Calif.
Olympic Valley, Calif.
Incline Village, Calif.
Lunch: Squaw Valley, Calif., Sundeck at Mountain Base
Dinner: S. Lake Tahoe, Calif., Casino Parking Lot
Visiting: Douglas Co., Nev.
Carson City, Nev.
Lunch: Reno, Nev., Reno Arch
Visiting: Klamath Falls, Ore.
Lunch: Salem, Ore., Capitol Building
Dinner: Portland, Ore., Pioneer Square
Visiting: Vancouver, Wash.
Des Moines, Wash.
Lunch: Olympia, Wash., Farmer's Market Parking Lot
Dinner: Seattle, Wash., Seattle Center
Visiting: Pasco, Wash.
Baker City, Ore.
Dinner: Boise, Idaho, Grove Plaza
Visiting: Pocatello, Idaho
Mountain Home, Idaho
Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho
Lunch: Twin Falls, Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Northern Parking
Dinner: Idaho Falls, Idaho, Trappers Square
Visiting: Gallatin Co., Mont.
Lunch: Yellowstone, Wyo., Old Faithful
Dinner: Bozeman, Mont., Main Street Between Rouse and Bozeman Streets
Visiting: Big Timber, Mont.
Lunch: Columbus, Mont., Columbus High School
Dinner: Billings, Mont., Metra Park
Visiting: Sheridan, Wyo.
Lunch: Casper, Wyo., Recreation Center (Fourth Street)
Dinner: Cheyenne, Wyo., Frontier Days Site
Visiting: Ft. Collins, Colo.
Lunch: Longmont, Colo., Long's Peak Avenue (Recreation Center)
Dinner: Denver, Colo., Civic Center Park
Visiting: Littleton, Colo.
Castle Rock, Colo.
Dinner: Colorado Springs, Colo., Memorial Park
Visiting: Manitou Springs, Colo.
Lunch: Buena Vista Elementary School
Dinner: Vail, Colo., Vail Village
Visiting: Eagle, Colo.
Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Lunch: Aspen, Colo, Wagner Park (Pedestrian Mall)
Dinner: Grand Junction, Colo., Convention Center
Visiting: Grand Co., Utah
Garfield Co., Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Lunch: Monument Valley, Utah, Visitor's Center
Dinner: Saint George, Utah, Red Cliffs Mall Parking Lot
Lunch: Richfield, Utah, Main Street and 200 S.
Dinner: Provo, Utah, Cougar Stadium Area, Brigham Young University
Visiting: Provo, Utah
American Fork, Utah
Camp Floyd State Park
Brigham City, Utah
Salt Lake Co., Utah
Antelope Island, Utah
Lunch: Tooele, Utah, Smith's Car Park
Dinner: Ogden, Utah, 25th Street
Visiting: Henefer, Utah
Heber City, Utah
Lunch: Park City, Utah, Main Street
Dinner: Salt Lake City, Utah, City and County Building
Visiting: West Valley City, Utah
Lunch: Salt Lake City, Utah, Location TB
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