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Rodeo Cruelty

Poway Lawsuit Filed!

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) and the Animal Protection and Rescue League are announcing that they have filed a lawsuit against the Poway Rodeo to stop them from electro-shocking horses, which is illegal under California law.
Watch the original video below and watch news coverage below that.

Photos of Injured Horse at 2018 Rowell Ranch Rodeo

The mare Savina was killed by the rodeo after being injured at the 2018 Rowell Ranch Rodeo. (Click photo to enlarge)

SHARK's Video Proves Rodeos Illegal in Quebec!

In the summer of 2017, SHARK traveled to Canada to film 20 rodeo events in Montreal and St-Tite in Quebec. The evidence collected was the basis for a major report written by Law Professor Alain Roy of the Université de Montréal that concluded rodeos are illegal in Québec under the new Animal Welfare and Safety Act. The report has been submitted to the Rodeo Advisory Committee created in August 2017 by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. You can read the massive damning 610 page report and other documents HERE.

A critical element to analysing the video was the expertise of Dr. Jean-Jacques Kona-Boun, DMV, MSc, DACVAA, veterinarian and anesthesiologist who helped document and review the video database of 20 full rodeos, recorded in Montreal and St-Tite.

You can read Professor Roy’s full press release HERE.  In his report, Professor Roy thanks SHARK for our work: 

"I also express my deep appreciation to Mr. Steve Hindi and Mr. Michael Kobliska of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), who volunteered to come from Chicago to observe and film all the rodeo trials in the Montréal and St-Tite...Their expertise allowed us to collect extremely detailed data of undeniable quality.”

We at SHARK believe it is important to use our expertise with filming and technology to help others in the struggle to save animals lives. We are glad to be a part of the effort showing that rodeos are illegal in Québec under the new Animal Welfare and Safety Act.

SHARK is the pre-eminent animal protection organization fighting against rodeos in the world. We document dozens of rodeos every year and have collected almost three decades of shocking video proving that animals are routinely injured and killed in rodeos nationwide. Our rodeo videos have received tens of millions of views on our YouTube channel.

To read the entire 610 page document prepared by Clicking Here.

SHARK Teams with Canadians to Expose Illegality of Rodeo

It is the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted into rodeo cruelty.

Documented in late 2017, SHARK investigators and a Canadian veterinarian expose that not only does rodeo pose potential and real threats to animal safety and health, but that rodeo also violates the laws of the province of Quebec.

Beyond violating Quebec law, this exhaustive study of the effects of rodeo on horses, calves, bulls and steers exposes the lies of the rodeo industry. Shining a light on those lies is the first step to stopping the abuse.


Read the report written by Law Professor Alain Roy: http://hdl.handle.net/1866/19925

Dr. Jean-Jacques Kona-Boun 610 Page Rodeo Report: https://www.dropbox.com/l/scl/AAA32f0nH8ryRfLfiBz7FhKG1gWLlCJ4XmI

The report submitted to the Rodeo Advisory Committee created in August 2017 by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ): http://hdl.handle.net/1866/19925

Comments On the Data and On the Analysis of Dr. Jean-Jaquest Kona-Boun by Veterinarians and Ethologists: http://hdl.handle.net/1866/19925  A small sample:


Watch more of the footage from these rodeos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z-f8...

Electroshocking of horses at the National Finals Rodeo

Last week we released a video detailing the electroshocking of horses at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), which was held in Las Vegas in the first ten days of December. Using the video that was aired on the CBS Sports Network, we were able to discover a number of instances when rodeo personnel used an electro-shocking device on horses.

Check out the video: