Hold Cowboys Accountable for Shocking Rodeo Horses Into Submission

Target: The Reno Rodeo

Goal: Punish cowboys who shock their horses to force them into submission, and better monitor Reno Rodeo’s premises.

Many of us know horses as spirited animals galloping through the wild. But for some rodeo horses at Reno Rodeo, torturous electric shocks force them into submission–all for a performance. Animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) caught the abuse, which occurred in mid-June, on videotape. Zapping horses with electric shocks is in direct violation of Reno Rodeo’s policy. Tell this rodeo that it must swiftly punish cowboys who inflict traumatizing electric shocks on horses.

“Literally, these animals have to be tortured to get them to perform, and that is animal cruelty pure and simple,” SHARK spokesman Stuart Chaifetz told the Associated Press (AP).

The AP also reported that cowboys at the Reno Rodeo tampered with cameras installed at the venue, though one man was caught shocking horses. SHARK plans to release additional evidence that will show more cowboys zapping horses at this rodeo.

But perhaps worst of all is that the Los Angeles Times released a report on the product that the cowboy in the video had been using to shock these imprisoned horses. It is called the “Hotshot Power Mite” and is only intended for use on hogs and bovines.

“They say they don’t want the product used for horses because it will make the animal mad and it will fight,” SHARK’s Steve Hindi told Times reporters. “But that’s what they want the animal to do at rodeos. These people are purposely misusing the product.”

In addition to the electric shocks, SHARK captured footage showing calves being roped around the neck and flipped over. The Times noticed that one of the calves suffered some injuries, but the other wasn’t so lucky. Its “neck appeared to break” and it was then “loaded into a pickup for removal.”

Clearly, these painful cases of abuse must not be allowed to continue. By signing the petition below, you will tell Reno Rodeo to crack down on cowboys who use torturous methods to control their horses.


Dear Reno Rodeo leaders,

Shocking rodeo horses is a heartlessly brutal way to treat these lively animals. Cowboys who torture horses into submission through electric shocks must be swiftly punished. SHARK’s video footage proves that some cowboys at Reno Rodeo care more about profits than breathing, feeling animals.

These horses deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. The torture of innocent animals will cease only when those who practice cruelty toward animals are held accountable for their actions. As an establishment, the Reno Rodeo must do more to ensure that abuse does not occur on its grounds.

It is imperative that you hold those who break policy accountable for their heartless actions. Please commit to taking action immediately.


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  1. Giana Peranio-Paz says:

    Rodeos should be abolished!!! They are just a stage for male machoism!

  2. Ruth Rogers says:

    That was cruel and unnecessary, so I signed.

  3. The fact that we have Domain over Animals is something as Guardians that we should take Very Seriously . We have no respect for animals, especially Dogs ,Cats Burros and Horses . They are at out mercy and we are heartless and our laws to protect them Suck Large . We’ve become a country that abuses, exploits and murders its animals with little forethought===You know what they say PAYBACKS A BITCH[ yes humans you ]

  4. Ridiculous. Do they know how pathetic they look? Maybe we should shock them into submission, not that they’ll be of any use anyway. How about opening a book instead of running around being a vile nuisance to horses.

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