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Animal Protection Group Accusses Sheriff's Department of Misconduct Over Arrest, Harassment at Rodeo

Tuesday, May 21, 2013                      


Jordan Valley, OR – SHARK has uncovered disturbing ties between the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department and the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo. These ties may explain why Malheur County Sheriff officers not only violently arrested SHARK volunteer Adam Fahnestock who was filming the 2013 Big Loop Rodeo, but forced another SHARK volunteer to leave the arena.  


Electric Prod Used on Rodeo Horses

May 16, 2013

Hayward, CA - Cotton Rosser, owner of the Flying U Rodeo Company, will supply animals for the Rowell Ranch Rodeo on May 18th & 19th, 2013.  Rosser is well known to SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), an Illinois-based animal protection group specializing in rodeo investigations. SHARK president Steve Hindi says Rosser’s Flying U Rodeo has a long and cruel history of shocking horses to make them appear wild.

In 2008, Cotton Rosser’s Flying U Rodeo Co. produced the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, which was fined $2,500 by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) for violating a rodeo rule that bans the use of electric prods.


Group Calls on Local Officials to Investigate Riverdale Rodeo for Animal Abuse

Tuesday May 7, 2013

Riverdale, CA – The Riverdale Rodeo is under fire from animal protection group SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) for its “Barnyard Scramble” event. The event is where a large group of children chase animals including chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits for a competition. In a SHARK investigation at the May 5, 2013 rodeo, the terrified animals can be seen being dropped, kicked, held by their wings and roughly handled. The event can easily result in many serious injuries to the animals.