Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Shut down abusive Cowtown Rodeo
Rodeos have been a controversial subject for animal rights organizations for decades, and the issues become clearer with each incident. Cowtown Rodeo, which has been operating in New Jersey since 1929, is no exception. Recently, during a rodeo performance, a nine-year-old horse named Duke dropped dead in the middle of the arena.
The owner of the horse says that Duke was a beloved animal, and Cowtown’s website states that the organization prides itself on the humane handling of animals. Yet an animal rights group, SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness), says that a member who was monitoring the rodeo saw an electric prod being used on Duke to rile him up before he left his gate. The magazine TMZ contacted Grant Harris, owner of Duke and Cowtown, and confirmed the presence of an electric rod. He stated, however, that staff was instructed to never use the electric prods on animals. He states that Duke died of an “aneurysm of his aorta blood vessel.”
Despite Harris’ statements denying the use of an electric prod, its very presence indicates animal abuse. Rodeos like this cannot be allowed to drive their animals to death. The accounts from SHARK members and Harris’ own statements show just how inhumane rodeos can be. Sign this petition to urge the mayor of New Jersey to shut down this cruel rodeo, and prevent any more animals from coming into harm’s way.
Dear Chris Christie,
Recently, the Cowtown Rodeo, operating since 1929, had a horse die during a live performance. The rodeo’s owner claims that the horse died of an aneurism, yet an animal rights group states that a member saw an electric prod being used on the horse prior to his release from the gate.
After the owner of the rodeo, Grant Harris, was questioned about the electric prod, he confirmed its presence in the pen. Despite this, he claims that staff are instructed never to use the prods on animals. If this is so, why are the prods there in the first place? This factor alone is enough to incriminate the rodeo, and provides substantial evidence of animal abuse.
The rodeo’s website claims that the company prides itself on the humane treatment of animals, yet all the evidence in this instance indicates otherwise. I urge you to shut down this rodeo and prevent the abuse and torture of other animals in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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