SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) PRESS RELEASE
Jordan Valley, OR – On Saturday May 18th, 2013, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) volunteer Adam Fahnestock was peacefully sitting monitoring the Big Loop Rodeo when rodeo personnel and a Malheur County Sheriff’s Deputy approached him. After a very brief conversation, the deputy suddenly grabbed Fahnestock and threw him violently to the ground where rodeo personnel then also set upon him. Fahnestock was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is currently being held in Malheur County Jail, Vale, OR on a $1000 bail.
Big Loop Rodeo has been under fire from SHARK recently after documentation of a bucking horse breaking its leg in the arena and numerous horses were filmed crashing to the ground was released after the 2012 rodeo. Filming is permitted at the rodeo and many spectators film the events. It is believed Fahnestock was singled out for attack because Big Loop Rodeo officials are upset over the video of a horse breaking its leg being released, and disturbing footage of the horse-tripping event went viral creating massive public outcry to ban the event.
SHARK president, Steve Hindi said, “This is clearly an abuse of the law and an example of the “good old-boy network” that exists in the rodeo world. We will fight these false and retaliatory charges vigorously and continue to expose animal abuse at rodeos.”
SHARK’S video of horse tripping at the 2012 Big Loop Rodeo inspired Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton to introduce a horse-tripping ban. Senate Bill 835 is currently being considered after a public hearing was held on Monday May 13th, 2013.
Graphic footage of the incident of the horse breaking his leg can be seen here:
Video of horse tripping at the 2012 Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo, which inspired SB 835, can be seen here:
CALLING ALL TUESDAY HORSE’ERS AND HORSE ADVOCATES: TAKE ACTION!
If you are a resident of Oregon, please contact your State legislators to support SB 835.
If you live in or outside the state of Oregon and want this practice banned, please:
- Write to the Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, and express your feelings about this egregious abuse and cruelty. Post on his Facebook page; tweet him http://twitter.com/govkitz or @govkitz.
- Contact Travel Oregon and if you agree, tell them you will not visit or do business with a State that does nothing to stop this. Post on their Facebook page and tweet them at http://twitter.com/traveloregon or @TravelOregon.
- Contact the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce and file a complaint with them. You can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateChamber
- Post on The Oregonian’s Facebook page; tweet them at http://twitter.com/Oregonian or @Oregonian.
Please be sure to post links to the SHARK videos above.