California Residents: Urge Prosecution of Rodeo That Forced Dogs to Attack Bulls


On July 19, investigators from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) filmed dogs being set on and attacking terrified bulls at the California Rodeo Salinas held in Salinas, California. SHARK's footage is harrowing. It shows a group of bulls huddling together while frantically trying to avoid the dogs who are harassing them. The dogs are shown biting and scratching the bulls' faces causing them to bleed from their mouths. When the dogs tried to cease these violent assaults, they were ordered to continue.

This barbaric spectacle also endangered the dogs themselves, who could have been seriously injured. They repeatedly got tossed into the air and were nearly gored or trampled to death. The bulls were previously used in a "bullfighting" competition, which involved tormenting bulls who had tight straps tied around their waists to agitate and inflict pain on them. Please join us in demanding that local law enforcement prosecute this animal abuse and ensure that it is not repeated.

Dog attacks bull at rodeo!

Outrageously, rodeo supporters say that the dogs were being used to "herd" the bulls into a holding area, a dishonest claim swallowed whole by enforcement officers at the SPCA for Monterey County. However, this claim is ludicrous since most of the dogs were not herding dogs, but rather breeds with strong bites that are typically used as guard and attack dogs. The dogs didn't charge the bulls' hind legs, like herding dog would have, but rather attacked their faces and intentionally bit them when they could. The holding areas were also closed during the incident and it's clear from video evidence that no attempt was made to move the bulls into them.

Compelling dogs to attack bulls is clearly forbidden by California Penal Code Section 597b, which prohibits making animals fight for amusement, and expressly bans "the worrying or injuring of any bull." These violations should be prosecuted to the law's fullest extent so as to send a clear message that this cruel and deviant behavior is not acceptable in California.

Given the SPCA for Monterey County's unresponsiveness, coupled with previous support for the Rodeo from the Salinas Police Department, we are taking the fight to California's Attorney General, the Governor and legislators who represent Salinas on the state and federal level.

What YOU Can Do — TODAY:

 

 

Please join us in urging California's Governor, the California Attorney General and Salinas legislators on the state and federal level to demand that local law enforcement take action against the Rodeo and ensure that the parties responsible are held accountable for abusing animals.

1) Please call California's Governor Gavin Newsom, at 916-445-2841. After you dial the number, press 1 to continue in English (or 2 for Spanish if you prefer). Then press 6. You will be directed to an operator with whom you can speak to.

Here's an example of what you can say:

My name is _____ and I'm a resident of California. I'm urging the Governor to direct the Attorney General and local law enforcement to prosecute severe animal cruelty that recently took place at the California Rodeo Salinas. Footage taken on July 19 shows dogs being goaded to attack terrified bulls, including biting and scratching at their faces. This is clearly forbidden by California Penal Code Section 597b which forbids making animals fight for amusement, but local law enforcement has not taken action to prosecute or ensure that the cruelty isn't repeated.

2) Please call Xavier Becerra, California's Attorney General, at 916-210-6276. After you dial the number, press 1 to continue in English (or 2 for Spanish if you prefer). Then press 7. You will be directed to a voicemail box where you can leave a message.

Here's an example of what you can say:

My name is _____ and I'm a resident of California. I'm urging the Attorney General to prosecute severe animal cruelty that recently took place at the California Rodeo Salinas. Footage taken on July 19 shows dogs being goaded to attack terrified bulls, biting and scratching at their faces. This is clearly forbidden by California Penal Code Section 597b which forbids making animals fight for amusement, but local law enforcement has not taken action to prosecute or ensure that the cruelty isn't repeated.

3) If you live in Salinas, you voice is especially critical. Please check to verify that you are a constituent of Senator Anna Caballero, Assemblymember Robert Rivas and/or Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who represent Salinas. If so, please call their offices and urge them to demand that law enforcement prosecute the perpetrators. To check if you are a constituent for each legislator, click on the link below and enter your zip code. Choose the California tab to check if you are a constituent of Senator Caballero and Assemblymember Rivas. Choose the Federal tab to check if you are a constituent of Congressman Panetta.

http://www.idausa.org/findmyrep

State Senator Anna Caballero: 831-769-8040
State Assemblymember Robert Rivas: 831-759-8676
Federal Congressman Jimmy Panetta: 831-424-2229

Here's an example of what you can say:

My name is _____, and I'm urging the Senator/Assemblymember/Congressman to demand that local law enforcement prosecute severe animal cruelty which recently took place at the California Rodeo Salinas. Footage taken on July 19 shows dogs being goaded to attack terrified bulls, biting and scratching at their faces. This cruel behavior is clearly prohibited by California Penal Code Section 597b which forbids making animals fight for amusement, but local law enforcement has not taken action to prosecute or ensure that the cruelty isn't repeated.

4) Please send our letter to the Attorney General and California Governor Gavin Newsom by filling out the form on this page.

 

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