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Update: Rodeo in Olympics 2002 - Letters Still Needed!

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  • Mary Zoeter
    PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY - SAMPLE LETTER BELOW We must do all we can to oppose this. If rodeo is allowed to become part of the Olympics, then why not
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2001
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      PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY - SAMPLE LETTER BELOW

      We must do all we can to oppose this. If rodeo is allowed to become
      part of the Olympics, then why not bullfighting or cockfighting?

      Mary
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      Source: news@... (sharkonline.org)
      Letter written by: artemisd123@...

      The article below demonstrates that the Olympic rodeo is headed down a slippery slope to oblivion, where it belongs. It isn't over just yet, and we must remain unrelenting until this Olympic embarrassment is gone for good, but Colleen Gardner is superbly anchoring a great local effort in Salt Lake City.

      Please E-mail Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson through Chief of
      Staff Jay Magure at <jay.magure@...>.

      You can also E-mail thanks to Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney at: media.relations@... (saltlake2002.com)

      Mayor Anderson and Mr. Romney are showing what it means to stand up for what
      you believe in. That's something Dan Rather and his fellow rodeo minions
      at CBS News will never understand.

      Regards,
      Steve Hindi
      SHARK
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      Will SLOC cut rodeo ties? Mitt, Rocky talk it over
      By Brady Snyder
      Deseret News staff writer

      Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson said through a spokesman Thursday
      that he expects the Salt Lake Organizing Committee will cut ties with the
      Olympic Command Performance Rodeo.

      Joshua Ewing, Anderson's spokesman, said the mayor came to that
      conclusion after the most recent of a series of phone conversations about the
      rodeo with SLOC President Mitt Romney.

      While Romney would've liked to keep the conversation secret, saying
      through a spokeswoman that it was a "private discussion," Anderson is more than
      forthcoming. During the call, Romney told Anderson that if calf-roping wasn't
      eliminated as a rodeo event, SLOC would cut ties with the rodeo, which is
      scheduled to be part of SLOC's Cultural Olympiad. And since the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has stated that it still plans to include calf-roping, Anderson now supposes SLOC will disconnect.

      But SLOC isn't out, yet.

      Despite the phone conversations, SLOC spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said
      Games organizers remain "committed to having a safe rodeo" and wouldn't
      confirm or deny that Olympic organizers would sever ties with the rodeo if calf-
      roping is not banned. During an earlier phone conversation with Anderson this month, Romney said that if activists promised not to protest during the Olympics, SLOC would consider severing its ties with the rodeo, set for February
      9-11, 2002, at the Davis County Fairpark, Ewing said.

      Any cancellation news is welcomed by Colleen Gardner, campaign manager for
      the Utah Animal Rights Coalition. If SLOC broke ties with the rodeo, animal
      rights activists would give up protests planned near Olympic venues, like
      Salt Lake Olympic Square, a large area downtown, home to the Olympic Medals
      Plaza, Main Media Center, the Olympic Superstore and the figure-skating/short-track speedskating venue, she said.

      The Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) has announced that a rodeo is
      scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City as part of the Cultural Olympiad in
      February of 2002. Every national animal protection organization is opposed
      to rodeos because of their inherent cruelty to animals. Sharp sticks,
      tail-twisting, spurs, electric prods, and bucking straps are all used to
      make bulls, horses, and baby calves appear "wild" so that the cowboys will
      look tough and macho. Unlike the human contestants, the animals are FORCED
      to perform.

      Please write/call/fax the following organizations and individuals and let
      them know that true athleticism doesn't involve abusing animals. Demand that the "Olympiad Rodeo" be cancelled. At the very least, ask that they ban calf roping, which is by far a rodeo's most brutal event. Keep in mind that rodeo cowboys, unlike the true Olympic athletes, will be competing for $140,000 in prize monies. You might also remind the people you write to that some of rodeo's biggest sponsors -- tobacco, snuff and beer companies -- are anathema to Utah's Mormon majority.

      SAMPLE LETTER: Remember to add your name & address and change some of the words, especially in the opening sentence. We must keep up the pressure!
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      Governor Michael Leavitt
      210 State Capitol
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114
      Tel. 801/538-1000
      Fax 801/538/1528

      Mayor Ross Anderson
      451 South State #306
      Salt Lake City, UT 84111
      Tel. 801/535-7704
      Fax 801/535-6331

      Mr. Mitt Romney
      299 S. Main St., Ste. 1300
      Salt Lake City, UT 84111
      Tel. 801/212-2002
      Fax 801/364-7644
      E-Mail: media.relations@... (saltlake2002.com)

      Ms. Sandra Baldwin, President
      Mr. Scott Blackmun, Acting Secretary General
      One Olympic Plaza
      Colorado Springs, CO 80909
      Tel. 719/578 4529
      Fax 602/840-4438
      E-Mail: usoc@... (sandrabaldwin.com)

      Canadian Olympic Association
      Mr. Michael A. Chambers, President
      Mr. Lou Ragagnin, General Secretary
      Olympic House
      av. Pierre Dupuy 2380
      Montréal, Québec H3C 3R4
      Tel, 514/861-3371
      Fax 514/861-2896
      E-Mail: webmaster@... (coa.ca)

      Ms. Deanna Slapack
      Assistant to Executive Director, Business Operations
      Canadian Olympic Association
      Tel. 416/324-4134
      Fax 416/967-4902
      E-Mail: dslapack@... (coa.ca)

      Mr. Jacques Rogge, President
      Château de Vidy
      Case Postale 356
      1007 Lausanne
      Switzerland
      Tél. (41.21) 621.61.11
      Fax (41.21) 621.62.16
      (Note - postage from the USA is 80 cents for the first ounce)

      RE: Don't Ruin Olympic Tradition with Rodeo Events!

      The Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) has announced that a rodeo is
      scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City as part of the Cultural Olympiad in
      February of 2002. Every national animal protection organization is opposed
      to rodeos because of their inherent cruelty to animals. Sharp sticks,
      tail-twisting, spurs, electric prods, and bucking straps are all used to
      make bulls, horses, and baby calves appear "wild" so that the cowboys will
      look tough and macho. Unlike the human contestants, the animals are FORCED
      to perform.

      The three major reasons why the "Olympiad Rodeo" should be cancelled are:

      1.) Rodeos depend upon unmatched contestants in an "outcome-rigged" event. Humans (stronger, with rules & circumstances set up to win) rope calves (babies who are weak and scared and chased until they are caught.) True athleticism does NOT involve abusing animals. The entire "Olympiad Rodeo" should be cancelled. At the very least, calf roping, the rodeo's most brutal event, must be eliminated.

      2.) Unlike true Olympic athletes who compete for valor and skill, in properly matched events; rodeo honkeys are competing for $140,000 in prize monies.

      3.) Many of the rodeo event's biggest sponsors -- tobacco, snuff and beer companies -- are offensive to Utah's Mormon majority, who adamently oppose smoking, drinking and tobacco chewing.

      For these important reasons and for the sake of preserving the nobel traditions of the Olympics, I ask you to permanently remove the so-called "Olympiad Rodeo" from this and all future Olympic events.

      Sincerely,
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