Stop the Rodeo From Coming Back to Springfield
- --- SHARK Update <afinley@...> wrote:
> Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 14:48:28 -0500 (EST)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> From: SHARK Update <afinley@...>>>
> Dear Friends,
> As you can see from the attached article, there's
> big rodeo news in Illinois. An
> in the Saturday, December 3 Springfield's State[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOa4t5VwJSUDfFlfbQvb8lYhZaFEXLjQRUf2scgztmqhRS3bf8c1EFGbZNXXTKbE7rZROpt_3oRD-mevujRRvk_Fp9hC5i7-6p8Cx3BeHhJFPhEQnz79bOm_occy99JYsfo=].
> Journal-Register newspaper announced
> that the State is not returning a bid for the return
> of the National High School
> Rodeo Association Rodeo Finals
> This could be a tremendous victory, but there is[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOZoE2vPlMqxKLS011vWYgvt8O_5DR9rOKGGPuiYl3Lvo7--MHHZL-Ja78nhXD8sR45XosNs52zcGKqJG0j3TIdcZvmv4ocOQ951XD908mB84D7RGzuqj6y3KZn_DSoMp7M=]
> still some work to be done to assure
> it. This would be the best possible tribute to
> those who investigated the rodeo
> for SHARK, and everyone who has helped with this
> issue by making phone calls, sending
> e-mails, faxing, etc. We couldn't have gotten this
> far without all of you.
> Obviously, this "animal athlete" does NOT want to be
> at the cruel rodeo.
> Earlier this year we obtained a court order
> against the use of electric prods, stabbing and tail[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOZoE2vPlMqxKLS011vWYgvt8O_5DR9rOKGGPuiYl3Lvo7--MHHZL-Ja78nhXD8sR45XosNs52zcGKqJG0j3TIdcZvmv4ocOQ951XD908mB84D7RGzuqj6y3KZn_DSoMp7M=].
> twisting. This was the year
> a horse was fatally gored
> This was the year that, since there was no prod use[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOYVuK_49hb5V5YA8r92LUHlTBXlbsZdPqgqNk3pOtmmcTTkMnqOxGLFUGN2M3h6xOClRboAQv2HdOzPTMzjdmi49fP2x9Yp2NtosJaqHXerfEx6damjxXJvsBBD0K0L39A=]
> on horses, rodeo thugs had to
> resort to dragging horses
> out of the bucking chutes, and still they often[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOYVuK_49hb5V5YA8r92LUHlTBXlbsZdPqgqNk3pOtmmcTTkMnqOxGLFUGN2M3h6xOClRboAQv2HdOzPTMzjdmi49fP2x9Yp2NtosJaqHXerfEx6damjxXJvsBBD0K0L39A=]
> would not buck.
> This is family entertainment?
> This is extraordinary news. It is no surprise that
> the humane issues were never
> mentioned as a reason for the rodeo not returning.
> That's par for the course from
> a Department of Agriculture
> whose apparent motto is "see no evil, hear no evil,[http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0016VEHOyGyoOa4t5VwJSUDfFlfbQvb8lYhZaFEXLjQRUf2scgztmqhRS3bf8c1EFGbZNXXTKbE7rZROpt_3oRD-mevujRRvk_Fp9hC5i7-6p8Cx3BeHhJFPhEQnz79bOm_occy99JYsfo=].
> speak no evil"
> However, I am concerned by the statement near the
> end of the article that the director
> of the department of agriculture - Chuck Hartke and
> the fair manager - Amy Bliefneck
> will meet with "city government and other groups."
> Clearly this will be a meeting
> designed to show that the greed of local businesses
> should prevail over state law
> and any ethical or humanitarian concerns.
> Obviously, SHARK needs to be at this meeting. We
> have sent a formal request to
> Director Chuck Hartke asking that SHARK be allowed
> to attend the meeting. We need
> you to contact Chuck's office requesting that the
> meeting be open to SHARK and that
> SHARK be allowed to videotape the meeting in its
> Chuck Hartke, Director
> Illinois Dept of Agriculture
> Phone: 217-782-2172
> Fax: 217-785-4505
> No animal is safe from rodeo brutality.
> It is already clear from the article and the
> comments made at the end that rodeo
> supporters had a heads-up that it was coming out
> (look at the time the comments
> are posted), thus giving them an opportunity to
> flood the paper with their comments.
> SHARKneeds for you to put your pro-compassion
> comments on the paper's comments
> section at the end of the article as soon as~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> We will keep you updated on this time critical issue
> to assure success for the animals.
> Kindest Regards,
> Steve Hindi and your SHARK Team
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