On November 13th and 14th, 2009 at the PRCA’s National Finals Steer Roping in Guthrie, OK while injured animals were being removed from the arena, rodeo announcer Charlie Throckmorton falsely claimed the following:
"We work in complete harmony with the American Humane Association."
Mr. Throckmorton’s claim is an outright lie.
After learning of the claim, the American Humane Association immediately issued the following statement:
"The rodeo announcer completely misspoke. The American Humane Association has no formal relationship or working arrangement at all with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, nor have we ever given permission for or approval of such an announcement. We do not monitor the activities at rodeos and we do not have any oversight of rodeo events."
) to publicly apologize for the false statements of Mr. Throckmorton. Mr. Stressman was in attendance both nights of the finals, but remained silent during the statements.
As rodeo comes under increasingly intense scrutiny for its treatment of animals it is important to note these lies. The PRCA, instead of going to the effort of actually partnering with a humane organization or even improving their treatment of rodeo animals, chooses to outright lie to the public and create false impressions they know to be complete fabrications by claiming an alliance with a humane organization that does not and has never supported rodeo.