Care2 Story (July 2, 2015) Activists Speak Out Against the Cruel Cownose Ray Tournament
The Democrat Star story (July 1, 2015) Experts debate whether rays are fishery threat
Capital Gazette story (June 23, 2015): Activists call for end to ray fishing
CBS Baltimore - VIDEO (June 23, 2015): Activists Call For An End To Fishing Contest
Read an article on WTOP (June 22, 2015): Md. governor asked to stop Bay bowfishing tournament
Story from WBAL-TV (June 22, 2015): Groups seek halt to cownose ray tournament Video shows fish shot by arrow, beaten with bats
Story from ABC7-WLJA (June 23, 2015) Animal rights group alleges abuse of cownose rays after graphic video surfaces
A very informative article about the slaughter (June 18, 2015) by Merritt Clifton on Animals 24-7 here.
MECHANICSVILLE, MD – Graphic undercover video taken here of a killing "contest" this past weekend, and now being made public, documents a horrific slaughter of Cownose Rays, who were shot by arrows at point-blank range. The rays were then gaffed and repeatedly clubbed with bats before slowly suffocating to death.
Hundreds of indigenous Cownose Rays – many of them pregnant – were mutilated, killed and then dumped as garbage into the river. The so-called "Battle of the Rays" tournament was held Saturday, June 13, 2015 near Mechanicsville, on the Patuxent River tributary of Chesapeake Bay. Over a hundred bowfishers participated.
Much more to follow in the coming days. Here is the raw footage SHARK and Fish Feel is providing the media:
In 2011 SHARK's cameras documented the Reno Rodeo shocking horses with 5,000 volts of painful electricity to make then appear wild. You can see the video below. The rodeo promised to make changes for the next year.
In 2012 SHARK returned to the Reno Rodeo and and again documented them shocking horses to perform. The only change they made was to try and do it secretly now. The rodeo thugs had hidden a shocking device inside a glove and were shocking horses, some right in the face, with their hidden torture device that the manufacturer says shouldn't be used in a rodeo setting and NEVER on horses. Video below.
Please call or mail (see bottom of page for emails) the Forest Preserve District of Will County at 815-727-8700, and very politely ask that the killing stop, and that nonlethal options be explored.
Read a Chicago Tribune story here: Animal rights group questions deer kill (3-12-15)
Read a CBS Chicago story here: Animal Rights Group Wants Will County To End Deer Culling (3-13-15)
Read another Chicago Tribune story here: SHARK has at least one ally on Will County board (3-18-15)
Chicago Tribune Story here: Animal activists spur review of deer culling (4-9-15)
Herald-News story here: Animal rights group questions Forest Preserve District's deer culling program (4-9-15)
Salinas, Calif. — SHARK is suing the California Rodeo Salinas – the largest rodeo in California and one of the largest rodeos in the U.S. – for failing to report animal injuries to the state veterinary medical board, as required under California law.
“California law requires the reporting of rodeo animal injuries,” said Steve Hindi, founder and president of SHARK. “The intent was to make rodeos transparent. Instead, the law has not been enforced, but rather, manipulated to make rodeos appear harmless."
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed the suit (12-17-14) in Monterey County Superior Court on behalf of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness). Also named as a defendant is California Rodeo Salinas head veterinarian Tim Eastman.
Read the rest of SHARK's press release here.
On August 7, 2014, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) received an anonymous letter informing us that United States Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, was to have a live pigeon shoot as part of his fundraising event on September 5, 2014, at the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. The fundraiser was to support the "Friends of Jim Inhofe and the Fund For A Conservative Future."