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23 June 2002
Help Stop Pittsburgh Law From Being Overturned

From Steve Hindi - SHARK - owner-news@sharkonline.org 

Dear Friends,

There is a real emergency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has for the last decade or so had a great law banning bucking straps, electric prods and spurs at rodeos.

The law doesn't actually ban rodeos, but doesn't have to, because when you ban the tools of torture, you effectively ban rodeos.

Now, and with apparently great planning, the Rodeo Mafia is trying to very quickly sneak in and knock the law out. There will be a public comment meeting this Tuesday, June 26, and a preliminary vote with the city council the following day.

It looks like the proverbial skids, and who knows how many palms have been greased to force this thing through. We must act quickly and decisively.

SHARK is supplying local animal protectors with videotapes for the city council. I am considering sending the Tiger within a few days. We need your help very badly.

Please go to the Pittsburgh website <www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us>. Once there, go to CONTACT, where you can write to the mayor, and if you have time, council people to let them know what you think.

Pittsburgh has a great law, and it should be left on the books untouched. If rodeos can be humane, the Pittsburgh law already allows them. The Rodeo Mafia knows they cannot be humane, which is why they are trying to knock the law out.

Don't let this law fall! Please send a polite message today! Again, the Pittsburgh website address is <www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us>. Go to CONTACTS and let them hear from you!

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