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From 28 July 2009 Issue

Horse Killed, Numerous Animal Casualties at Cheyenne Rodeo

By Steve Hindi, Shark at URL:

Dear Friends,

The animal hell that is the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is ongoing and is taking its usual heavy toll on animals. Numerous calves and steers have been injured, but it took a

Strawberry Fudge about to drop to her doom.

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 - 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 carried out.

SHARK investigators are filming the brutality of the Cheyenne Rodeo after the Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee retracted their initial camera ban. 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.

Comments to any/all of the news articles are allowed without sign-up. Please let the people of Cheyenne and all of Wyoming know your thoughts.

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..." To read the entire article, click here.

VERY IMPORTANT -- Please contact Coca-Cola representatives and tell them to stop sponsoring animal cruelty and deaths, and to stop lying about it.

Coke's toll-free number is 800-438-2653. Please call them now! Or e-mail Coke here.

CFD Camera Ban Lifted
But "Issue Advocacy" is Prohibited

Right before the start of the CFD rodeo, the rodeo committee rescinded its ban on cameras and videotaping at the rodeo. Here is an excerpt from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper article:

Officials from CFD have clarified an earlier policy change that would have prohibited video cameras and phones with recording features from this year's celebration. And only photos and video used for commercial use, issue advocacy or fundraising now are prohibited without the consent of CFD.

Clearly, SHARK is being targeted by the last line - "issue advocacy".

To read the entire article, click here and please feel free to leave a comment.

Wyoming Tribune Editorial
CFD Should Cowboy Up On Images

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle did a great editorial on the issue of the CFD camera ban. Here is an excerpt from the editorial:

But then this never really was about anything other than trying to silence critics like SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness), which uses images from CFD on its Web site to point out alleged mistreatment of rodeo animals. Unfortunately, Frontier Days still is trying to shut them up, even with the policy change.

The way for Cheyenne Frontier Days to counter SHARK and other critics is not to hide behind a cloak of secrecy. Rather, it should cowboy up and fight to maintain its traditions in the arena of public opinion. If CFD officials can't make their case without trying to conceal all video images, then maybe they really have no case at all.

To read the entire article, click here and please feel free to leave a comment.

SHARK at the CFD Rodeo
Documenting the Animal Cruelty, Injuries and Deaths

As you can see, SHARK has been busy documenting the animal abuse and deaths at the 2009 Cheyenne Rodeo. We have seven more days of rodeo performances to go. This is not easy and there are travel expenses. Please donate here to keep SHARK at the rodeo so the animal suffering doesn't go undocumented.

Kindest Regards,
Steve Hindi and Your SHARK Team

"Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves." - Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of the United Farm Workers

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