Atlanta Humane Society Promotes Rodeo

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Originally Posted: September 24, 2008
Updated: September 25, 2008

Atlanta Humane Society Promotes Rodeo

SUCCESS: Your efforts stopped this!

After receiving our alert yesterday about the Atlanta Humane Society partnering with the rodeo for their fundraiser, many of you quickly responded by calling them and expressing your disbelief. As a result, the Atlanta Humane Society has withdrawn participation in this fundraising event.

Thanks for all of your efforts!! SHARK is very appreciative of your help to encourage the Atlanta Humane Society to do the right thing for all of the animals.

This is a great example of the power you have to help the animals when we work together constructively.

Here is the contact information for the Atlanta Humane Society if you would like to thank them for doing the right thing for all the animals:

Carl Leveridge
(404) 974-2888

Original Alert - September 24, 2008

From Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)

Hello Friends,

We've received very disturbing news, and we need your help.

Unbelievably, the Atlanta Humane Society is not only promoting, but for a donation is also transporting donors to a PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Rodeo!!

We were stunned when we saw their press release yesterday. It is inconceivable that the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) is participating in a PBR rodeo as part of their fundraiser. It states, "VIP guests will enjoy a private PBR Sanctioned Rodeo with professional bull riders, barrel racers, and entertaining rodeo clowns." Read the press release at the bottom of this alert.

As you know, rodeos abuse, maim and kill animals and we have a very extensive video library spanning fifteen years to prove it. Our rodeo footage is representative of what happens at rodeos everywhere; the brutality and abuse the animals endure is inherent to the industry. Our YouTube account currently has over seven dozen rodeo videos.

In fact, one of the PBR's stock contractors is David Morehead; Mr. Morehead was convicted of 36 counts of horse cruelty in the state of Pennsylvania. SHARK has also exposed Mr. Morehead and other PBR stock contractors including Bailey Rodeo Company, Flying U Rodeo, Beutler and Son Rodeo and others.

Atlanta Humane Society's stated mission is:

"To prevent neglect, abuse, cruelty, and exploitation of animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely protected by an aware and caring Society."

While we wholeheartedly support the Atlanta Humane Society's mission, we cannot condone the abusing of one set of animals to raise funds to alleviate the suffering of another. Everything about rodeo contradicts their mission. For the Atlanta Humane Society to be associated with this rodeo is truly a disservice to the animals.

Merritt Clifton, the Editor of Animal People was equally shocked, he wrote:

The American Humane Association, of which the Atlanta Humane
Society was a founding member in 1877, formally and unanimously
objected to bull riding and bucking events at least as early as 1933.

The Humane Society of the United States has opposed bull
riding and bucking events since inception in 1954.

I have been reporting about animal and environmental affairs
for 40 years. In all this time, I cannot recall even one other
instance of a U.S. humane organization lending its name or
endorsement to bull riding or bucking events.

What Can You Do

Please contact the President of The Atlanta Humane Society and urge him to immediately withdraw from this event and any other events that abuse animals. Time is of the essence as the rodeo is this weekend!

Carl Leveridge
(404) 974-2888

Important: Please let SHARK know of any response you receive by sending an email.

Atlanta Humane Society Press Release

Atlanta's Premiere Western Event Treats Guests to a Great Time While Helping Organizations in Need

ATLANTA, GA – September 23, 2008 – Three Atlanta-area charities – The Atlanta Humane Society, The Chelko Foundation, and The Foster Care Support Foundation – are set to benefit from the Second Annual Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles (CB/SS) fundraiser. The Atlanta Humane Society, the area's oldest and most respected animal charity, will be on hand to promote the organization's dedication to increasing awareness of animal welfare and to encourage participation in its other animal fundraisers throughout the year. Held at Magnolia Plantation in McDonough, GA on September 27, 2008, Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles is the premier western-themed event in the metro area.

"The Atlanta Humane Society is thrilled to be chosen as one of the three charities benefiting from this exciting and fun event," said Cathy Sleva, Director of Development for the Atlanta Humane Society. "We hope that our participation will promote our mission and foster awareness of the year round animal fundraisers we hold in and around Atlanta."

VIP guests will enjoy a private PBR Sanctioned Rodeo with professional bull riders, barrel racers, and entertaining rodeo clowns. Walk the red carpet into our mock casino with roulette wheels, Texas Hold'em, and Black Jack tables. Come and challenge yourself on our mechanical bull while enjoying exquisite food stations provided by some of Atlanta and McDonough's top restaurants. "There will be non-stop entertainment for all our guests to enjoy," say Chairs Wanda and Rick McGaha. Guests coming to support the animal charity, breast cancer organization, and children's aid group can expect silent and live auctions as well as a raffle for an 18k Diamond Horse Pin by Ascot Diamonds. Expect live entertainment provided by Ross Coppley, voted Georgia's 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, along with opening act band "Wichita" for dancing. All good things come to an end, but not without a bang of extravagant fireworks to end the night.

Chartered buses will be provided for all guests coming from Atlanta at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd NW. RSVP's for the buses are required. Pick-up for VIP guests will be at 4:40PM and general admission pick-up is at 6:15PM. VIP tickets are $350; general admission is $175. For more information, please visit or call 678-583-5419. To learn more about the Atlanta Humane Society or donate to the animals or to one of the many animal fundraisers held by the animal charity, please visit

About the Atlanta Humane Society

Founded in 1873, the Atlanta Humane Society and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. is the oldest private non-profit animal welfare organization in Atlanta and one of the oldest humane agencies in America. Services such as Canine Play Yard, spay/neuter, pet adoption, a regional food bank program, dog training, pet facilitated therapy, animal behavior hot-line, and charitable veterinary clinic are made possible by generous contributions of time and money from the public. The organization's mission is to prevent neglect, abuse, cruelty, and exploitation of animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely protected by an aware and caring society. For more information about the Atlanta Humane Society, visit our site or call 404-875-5331.

Media Contact:
Cathy Sleva
Director of Development

Images above are from SHARK. For the sbest information and most realistic videos about rodeo cruelty, visit SHARK’s website.

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