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Rodeo Stock Contractors: License to Violate
Go to any rodeo, even the smallest and most insignificant, and you will hear that it has the world’s “meanest & wildest” animals, and the “greatest cowboys”. Rodeo stock contractors claim their animals are “born to buck.” According to the announcer at even the sorriest, most silly affair, it is a “world championship rodeo.” The truth isn’t nearly as impressive.
If rodeos animals were “born to buck,” they wouldn’t have to be spurred, have tormenting straps tightened around their flanks, or get blasted with thousands of volts of electricity.
Rodeo stock contractors victimize and abuse tame, domestic animals for profit. These animals are forced to act wild, run and buck through pain, fear and torment. But don’t believe us.
Here we’ll introduce you to some rodeo stock contractors and how they treat the victims of rodeos. Decide for yourself if rodeo people really care about their animals.
Rudy Calzavara, Big Hat Rodeo Company (IPRA)
The man bending over the bull in this clip is Rudy Calzavara, the owner of the Big Hat Rodeo Company. Calzavara is sending a few thousand volts of painful electricity into a bull to make him "perform" out of pain. Calzavara and his employees at Big Hat have been shocking rodeo animals for years, although Big Hat promotions manager Lenore Calzavara-Nolan (Rudy's daughter) claims they don't do any such thing.
C-bar Rodeo Company
This clip documents the C-bar Rodeo Company shocking rodeo animals. C-bar, operating primarily in Illinois, has for years used electric shock to force animals to "perform." Yes, a few thousand volts will tend to make an animal buck and run. It's called pain.
Flying U Rodeo (PRCA, PBR)
In some of these scenes you see two men behind the bucking horse, and one in front on horseback. The man on horseback is Cotton Rosser, owner of the Flying U rodeo company. The rodeo clown in the green shirt is Seth Ryan "Shorty" Gorham. Mr. Gorham is using an electric prod to shoot the bucking horse with over 5,000 volts of painful electricity. The prod has the desired effect, and the horse bucks.
Charlie Battles Rodeo Company (PRCA)
This clip shows the Charlie Battles Rodeo Company, a PRCA stock contractor, using electric shock on a bull at a rodeo in Liberty, Texas. This footage was shot by the ARTE European television. ARTE's documentary exposing rodeo animal abuse won the Brigitte Bardot International Genesis Award.
Harper, Morgan and Auger (PRCA)
The person with the dark/light checkered shirt shocks a bull, and then quickly slips the electric prod into his rear pocket. The rodeo company is Harper, Morgan and Auger, which is affiliated with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). PRCA humane rules prohibit the shocking of a bull in a chute, but those rules are for public relations purposes only. PRCA rodeos, and all rodeos are cruel to animals, and participants openly violate even their own rules.
Lazy C Rodeo Company (IHSRA)
This clip says it all about the Rodeo Mafia. In the foreground is a rodeo judge in a black and white Wrangler judge's vest. That judge is watching Ray Cox (in the blue shirt), owner of the Lazy C Rodeo Company, as he shocks a bull in a chute with a long, light colored electric shock device.
Rite N Gear Rodeo Company
Here is a case of rodeo family values. The Rite N Gear Rodeo Company put on a high school rodeo in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The kid in the black & white checkered shirt is showing off to someone in the crowd with an electric shock device. He catches heck from an "adult" (in blue shirt) for displaying the device.
Three Hills Rodeo Company (PRCA)
This clip shows David Morehead shocking a bull in violation of National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) humane rules. Mr. Morehead was producing the National Finals Rodeo, which meant that there were thousands of people from around the country, including the top honchos of the rodeo association. Still, Morehead and others openly violated NHSRA rules for an entire week.
White Buffalo Rodeo Company
White Buffalo Rodeo Company is the name, and cruelly shocking tame, domesticated animals to make them act wild is the game.
Winchester Rodeo Company (IPRA, IHSRA)
This employee of the Winchester Rodeo Company is shocking bulls in violation of the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act. This was a high school rodeo, which also prohibits shocking animals to make them "perform," but the association's humane rules are worthless public relations ploys.
Michael Latting, Latting Rodeo Company (IPRA, NHSRA)
It's bad enough that Latting Rodeo Productions owner Michael Latting is shocking rodeo animals at this rodeo in Morris, Illinois to make them perform. That's a violation of state law. Even more outrageous were his comments to the Joliet Herald News newspaper when SHARK made public accusations of animal abuse. Here are some excerpts:
Bad Company Rodeo (PRCA)
Bad Company is bad news for animals. This steer was injured during the Texas steer roping finals, put on by PRCA stock contractor Bad Company. Steer roping is the most cruel event in rodeo, and many animals are injured and even killed.
Barnes Rodeo (PRCA)
The Barnes Rodeo Company is a longtime member of the PRCA, and one of the best examples of rampant cruelty within the corrupt PRCA, coupled with worthless humane rules.
Golden Eagle Rodeo (IPRA)
SHARK investigators only investigated Golden Eagle one time, in Isleton, California. Once was enough. Golden Eagle demonstrated a typical prod fetish (which is in his right hand), in violation of worthless IPRA humane rules. Golden Eagle's policy clearly is that anything goes in order to make tame, domesticated animals act wild and mean.
Honeycutt Rodeo (PRCA)
Honeycutt rodeo was chosen as a target for SHARK by producers of the television show Hard Copy. Show producers asked SHARK investigators if they could bust any rodeo, and we said yes.
J-Bar-J Rodeo (PRCA)
SHARK president Steve Hindi caught up with J-Bar-J when it produced a rodeo at the Flat Rock Speedway, in Flat Rock, Michigan. It was the first of what the Rodeo Mafia hoped would be an annual event.
Sutton Rodeo Company (PRCA)
Sutton Rodeo was investigated by a dedicated investigator in Rapid City, South Dakota. As usual, she documented a great deal of cruelty, and violations of the PRCA's own humane rules.
World's Toughest Rodeo
The World's Toughest Rodeo (WTR) was once a PRCA stock contractor. During that time, SHARK and other organizations documented repeated violations of the PRCA's supposed humane regulations year after year in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. The violations were reported to the PRCA. Regardless, the violations continued.
Hampton Rodeo Company (IPRA)
A SHARK investigator caught Hampton Rodeo routinely shocking its bulls at a rodeo sponsored by the University of Illinois. To its credit, university administrators promised to keep this abuse from happening again. Of course, the best (and only) way to prevent rodeo animal abuse is to eliminate rodeos completely.
Circle M Rodeo Company
At this high school rodeo in Williamsfield, Ohio, stock contractor Circle M Rodeo Company purposely tied bulls' tails under the flank strap (also known as buck strap).
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