For immediate release:
August 2, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Oakley, Idaho – This morning, in response to a viral incident where people lit Roman candles in the arena during the Pioneer Days rodeo in Oakley, causing frightened cows to run frantically in circles when they were hit by flaming shells, PETA sent an urgent letter to Cassia. McCord Larsen County Attorney and Sheriff George Worrell are urging them to investigate. The group is demanding charges of cruelty to animals and a ban on the long-standing use of pyrotechnics in rodeos to frighten cows.
“Rodeos are traumatic and dangerous enough for animals, even without using fireworks to drive animals mad for the pleasure of the crowd, ”says PETA’s senior director of cruelty, Stephanie Bell. “PETA is calling on officials to ensure that those responsible for torturing these animals are held accountable and the public is urged to avoid the brutal sight of the plague.”
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This is followed by a PETA letter to Larsen and Worrell.
August 2, 2021
To: The Honorable McCord Larsen, Cassia County Attorney
The Honorable George Worrell, Sheriff of Cassia County
From: Christine Rickman, Emergency Response Manager, PETA
Re: Animal Cruelty at the Oakley Pioneer Days Rodeo
We earnestly ask for your urgent attention.
Greetings from PETA. We’re writing about an incident now viral at this year’s Oakley Pioneer Days rodeo, during which audience members, attendees and, according to one reporter, perhaps even members of the rodeo council, were captured in video lighting Roman candles in the arena. full of people. and other animals in the midst of a wild cow riding competition. Indeed, the terrifying footage shows the cows frantically darting and running in circles, desperately trying to dodge countless flaming projectiles, many of which seemed to be aimed directly at them. Some even bounced off the head and body. Rodeo board member Cash Taylor said in media interviews that fireworks have been a regular part of the show for years, used with the intent of making cows “wilder” – in other words, to torture and intimidate animals into panic. He also pointed out that “problems” with people shooting fireworks at cows had been occurring “for the last couple of years.” This video from the annual event, uploaded to YouTube in 2011, shows fireworks set off right at the feet of animals as they emerge from their stalls, and aerial fireworks set off directly over the animals.
Section 25-3504 of the Idaho Code prohibits cruelty to an animal, and Section 25-3502 defines cruelty as “malicious …[ing] … Animal “or” object[ing] an animal to unnecessary suffering or infliction[ing] unnecessary cruelty. ” We respectfully request that you investigate this matter. The responsible parties must be identified and criminal charges, including animal cruelty, must be brought against the merits. We also ask that rodeo organizers be ordered to prohibit the use of pyrotechnics at these events, which are already cruel enough for these animals.
Thank you for your time and attention to this disturbing issue. Can we get an answer shortly?
Head of Emergency Response Department
Abuse Investigation Department