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Calf Injured, Cruel Jerk-Downs filmed at the 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo - July 20, 2017





July 20, 2017
Calf Injured, Cruel Jerk-Downs filmed at the 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

Watch the video here:  
SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is releasing video from the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (CFD) of calves being jerked-down. Jerk-downs are when calves are roped around the neck and purposely flipped over backwards, crashed hard to the ground on their head, neck or back. Jerk-downs are supposed to be banned, but as our video shows, the practice happens regularly.

We also documented one calf who was roped and severely injured.

“Calf roping is dangerous even if they aren’t jerked-down,” states SHARK President Steve Hindi. “These are young animals who are brutalized for entertainment. What’s even more appalling is that even though that young animal was clearly hurt, the roper ignored his suffering and continued the run. It was disgraceful."

The fact that no rider who committed a jerk-down was disqualified proves that CFD has no care for the rules they claim to follow, or for the animals used in their rodeo.


The severely injured calf is carted out of the arena and in front of the Coca-Cola trucks

Please call Coca-Cola and politely ask that they stop sponsoring the CFD and animal cruelty:

(800) 438-2653

Please also don't support the other sponsors of the rodeo:


Press Release: SHARK joins fight to save Middle Island cormorants






July 13, 2017


The following press release was sent out by Animal Alliance of Canada, Zoocheck and Cormorant Defenders International, SHARK's partners in the fight to save cormorants on Middle Island, Canada.

U.S. animal protection group joins fight to save Middle Island cormorants

New disturbing video exposes the cruelty and bad science of the Middle Island cormorant cull

TORONTO, July 13, 2017 /CNW/ - For the first time in the 9-year-long fight to stop the cormorant cull at Point Pelee National Park, Cormorant Defenders International is joined by SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness).

In a brand new disturbing video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0pBs6XjtSg), SHARK exposes the terrible cruelty of the cull, addresses the bad science and raises the issue of wasted tax dollars.

In the past 9 years, Parks Canada has slaughtered just under 19,000 cormorants rationalized in a claim that they are protecting at-risk vegetation on Point Pelee's Middle Island, a small uninhabited island in Lake Erie, about 150 metres from the U.S. border.

"This is a monumental waste of taxpayers' dollars", said Barry MacKay, Born Free and spokesperson for Cormorant Defenders International. "Most Canadians would be very angry knowing that Parks Canada has been wasting their money to protect plants that are abundant just a few metres south, in the United States. This is mismanagement – no doubt about it."

"In 2008, the year the cull began, Middle Island was a large vibrant waterbird colony – an incredibly beautiful place to visit," said Liz White, Animal Alliance of Canada and spokesperson, Cormorant Defenders International. "Now after 10 years of shooting, the colony is a shadow of its former self.   Cormorant nest numbers have dropped from 4441 in 2008 to 1794 in 2016. Great Blue Heron nests dropped from 239 to 81 in the same years."

"The Park could turn Middle Island into an ecotourism opportunity," said Julie Woodyer, Zoocheck.  "People travel all over the world to observe such ecological phenomena. Tommy Thompson Park in downtown Toronto celebrates the fact that it has the largest cormorant colony on the great lakes.  It's a tourist attraction.  Instead Parks Canada demonizes the cormorants and spends years trying to kill most of them off."

"SHARK is dedicating an enormous amount of time and resources to this battle because these beautiful birds need our help," said Steve Hindi, President of SHARK. "What is happening to them is both cruel and morally repugnant. It is time this slaughter stopped once and for all."

For more information visit www.zoocheck.com/cormorant/
SHARK investigator Janet Enoch holding a cormorant she rescued. The poor bird had his lower beak and tongue shot off by the killers working for Parks Canada

Summer 2017 Mailer

Click below to read SHARK's summary of our 2017 Victories so far!