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The Animal Hell That is the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

From Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)
July 2009

The animal hell that is the Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) Rodeo is ongoing and is taking its usual heavy toll on animals. Numerous calves and steers have been injured, but it took a horse named Strawberry Fudge taking a violent and fatal fall to finally get the Cheyenne area media to report an animal casualty. In fact, each of the first six performances of the Cheyenne Rodeo saw one or more dead or injured calves, steers or Strawberry Fudge carried out.

Strawberry Fudge about to drop to her doom

Strawberry Fudge, now another victim of the cruel and deadly CFD rodeo

Just minutes after the doomed Strawberry Fields was removed from the arena, another horse crashed over a barrier, leaving her to run in a panic down the outfield of the arena until she crashed into another barrier where she was down for an extended period of time before finally leaving on her own. Any possible injuries to that horse are unknown at this time.

Another horse crashes over a barrier, but remarkably did not appear to suffer fatal injuries

As has been the case for at least the past few years, Coca-Cola, which claims it does not sponsor rodeos, is a Gold Sponsor, and its banner proudly proclaim Coke to be the "Official Soft Drink of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo."

Calf being impossibly contorted in a dangerous jerked down.

Injured calf being transported out

SHARK investigators are filming the brutality of the Cheyenne Rodeo after the Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee retracted their initial camera ban. [See Rodeo Bucks Video at Frontier Days] Although Cheyenne's new camera policy claims it won't allow "systematic retrieval of images from the rodeo." Cheyenne's policy also states it will not allow pictures or video to be used for "issue advocacy."

We've included links to several articles, about the death of Strawberry Fudge, as well as articles about Cheyenne's changes in its camera policy. To its credit, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle newspaper wrote a great editorial criticizing the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for its attempts to keep SHARK's cameras from exposing the truth about rodeo animal abuse.

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Here is an excerpt from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about the Strawberry Fudge's fatal performance:

Strawberry Fudge, a 4-year-old mare owned by the Vold Rodeo Company, fell to the arena floor on its right side shortly after leaving the chute. It is suspected Strawberry Fudge suffered head and neck injuries.

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