Target: Steve Schroeder, Reno Rodeo Spokesman
Goal: Revoke policy banning cameras from the Reno Rodeo
The Reno Rodeo is imposing a ban on video and DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses at this year’s event. Animal rights activists believe this new policy is in direct response to the videos and images previously captured that expose the animal abuse that occurs at this event. For two years in a row animal rights organization Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) has obtained footage exposing animal abuse and failure to follow rodeo rules that have put the Reno Rodeo under scrutiny. Instead of addressing these problems directly, the rodeo has decided to not allow cameras. Patrons will now be searched prior to entering the rodeo arena as well, which they state is in response to the recent Boston bombings, as a precautionary measure; however, it also conveniently enforces their new camera policy.
Cameras have captured animal abuse in the past at the Reno Rodeo, including cowboys shocking their horses in the chutes, something the rodeo claims they do not want done on site, as well as calf-roping injuries. Calves are vigorously chased, roped, and flipped over backwards in “jerk downs,” which have resulted in one calf’s injured leg, and another’s broken neck, all caught on camera. “Jerk downs” are supposedly illegal by PRCA standards. Rodeo spokesman Steve Schroeder previously stated that the man held responsible for these injuries would not be returning this year; however recent reports reveal that he will be in fact participating again this year, while instead cameras will no longer be allowed.
Demand that the Reno Rodeo allow cameras at all rodeo events, in order to protect the animals forced to participate in the rodeo from abuse and maltreatment. If the Reno Rodeo is as committed to animal safety and welfare as they claim to be, they should have nothing to hide from the cameras.
Dear Steve Schroeder,
Revoke the ban placed on video and DSLR cameras at the Reno Rodeo this year. Animal rights organizations, like Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), have utilized video cameras at the rodeo to reveal injustices that have occurred to animals in past events. Taking away the ability to possess a video camera at the rodeo also takes away the voice of the animals who are forced to participate in rodeo events. Without proof, no action can be taken against injury, maltreatment and abuse that the animals may experience during this year’s rodeo.
The Reno Rodeo claims to value animal safety and welfare, and supposedly abides by PRCA rules. If this is the case, then the rodeo should have nothing to hide from animal rights activists who attend the event, bringing a video camera. Allow cameras at your event to uphold a higher standard of animal treatment and care.
[Your Name Here]
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