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Video Exposes Animal Abuse During Reprehensible "Barnyard Scramble"

Aug. 28, 2013

Group Calls on Illinois Department of Agriculture to Investigate

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej7arZo9Ato

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) has released a video showing horrendous acts of animal cruelty committed at a "barnyard scramble" in Martinsville, Illinois, where dozens of young animals were chased, kicked, dropped and violently handled by hordes of children and event staff.

"This video exposes a very dark side of our state,"said SHARK President and Illinois resident Steve Hindi. "When you see young children trying to kick ducklings and dropping rabbits to the ground, you realize the utter disregard for life that is being taught."

SHARK has sent the following letter to the Dr. Mark Ernst, state veterinarian with the Illinois Department of Agriculture demanding an investigation into the event for multiple violations of Illinois state law.


Group Challenges New Jersey Rodeo and NJ SPCA Over Death of Horse

Aug. 29, 2013

On June 29, 2013, a horse began to die 25 seconds after being electro-shocked at the Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, NJ. SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) released a video of this tragedy which went viral and caused outrage around the world.

Cowtown claimed Duke wasn't shocked, even though Cowtown owner Grant Harris admitted to TMZ that the device shown on the video did appear to be a Hot Shot electric prod. In response, SHARK released a detailed video, going frame by frame, showing a Hot Shot electric prod being pulled back from the horse's body as the gate was being opened.

That video, entitled "Exposed: Horse Killed at Cowtown Rodeo was Electro-Shocked" can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u8JkQJUMBE


Complaints Filed Against Veterinarian of Record for the California Rodeo Salinas

August 20, 2013

Conflict of interest cited as motivating factor for false reporting/non-treatment of injured animals

Watch the video showing the injured animals at the 2013 rodeo here:

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) today filed two complaints with the Veterinary Medical Board of California against Tim Eastman, the veterinarian of record for the California Rodeo Salinas. The first complaint deals with his underreporting of the number of injured animals, while the second deals with his lack of care for those same injured animals.

In his report of injuries that is mandated by state law, Eastman stated that only three animals were injured.  SHARK, however, video-documented twenty-three animals that had been injured during the rodeo. A video showing each of these injured animals has been published on YouTube.


Oregon Rodeo so Violent, YouTube Bans Children from Watching it

August 16, 2013

Animal Protection Group Calls on County Commissioners to Age-Restrict Rodeo Events

On July 13, 2013, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) videotaped a horse tripping event held at the Harney County Fairgrounds in Burns, Oregon. On August 3, 2013, SHARK published a video exposing multiple acts of horses having their legs roped and then crashing to the ground. The horses often struggled terribly to get back up.

Watch the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlqH7uBJF68


Police Caught on Own Cameras Admitting they Violated Rights of Activist

August 13, 2013

Animal Protection Group Calls for Justice Department to Investigate  

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgSfCxq0hdY

 • In just 12 hours, this video has already received more than 75,000 views on YouTube and Liveleak 

In 2012, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), an Illinois-based animal protection organization, video-documented cruel acts of "horse tripping" (where rodeo riders rope horses around their legs, which brings them crashing to the ground) at the Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, Oregon. The video of this animal abuse went viral, with more than 200,000 views, and it sparked a movement in the Oregon legislature to ban horse tripping. You can watch that video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmp8pkbU03I 

On May 18, 2013, when SHARK went to this year's Big Loop Rodeo, the Malheur County Sheriff's Department, which has financial and personal ties to the rodeo, violently arrested a SHARK investigator whose only crime was videotaping a cruel event that many Oregon lawmakers were trying to ban (the law subsequently passed and will take effect January 1, 2014).