When SHARK became aware that the glam metal band Poison was scheduled to perform at the 2008 Greeley Stampede Rodeo, we immediately contacted drummer and co-founder Rikki Rockett.
Rockett is a dedicated animal advocate and he was shocked to learn that Poison had been booked to play for an event as abusive as a rodeo. After viewing recent rodeo abuse footage and carefully considering the information, Rockett declared that he would not play at any rodeo events in the future. Read Rikki Rockett's full statement below.
The resulting furor is being played out in Colorado and national media, and on the heels of Matchbox Twenty's cancellation at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, is likely making other rodeo entertainers and sponsors think twice about associating with cruelty.
After reviewing videos of the 2007 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo from SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), Grammy-winning Rob Thomas and Grammy and American Music Award nominated Matchbox Twenty have decided to withdraw from the entertainment line-up.
Carrie cancels performance at the 2006 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo!
A proud vegetarian, Grammy-award winner, Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year 2006, and American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood has proven her heart is as big as her talent. Carrie wore a "V Is for Vegetarian" T-shirt during a performance on American Idol, and was voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" two years in-a-row in 2005 and 2006. Growing up on a farm in a small town in Oklahoma showed Carrie that she'd rather sing to cows than eat them.
Pop singer/actress Hilary Duff was supporting some of the worst animal abuse in the country by performing at rodeos where animals are brutalized, injured and killed. Worse yet, she was willing to perform in a bullring, where animals are regularly tortured to death. The victims of rodeos and bullfights include horses, calves, steers and bulls.
But all that changed after SHARK educated her to the realities of rodeo and bullfighting!