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ADVOCATE VIOLENTLY ARRESTED FOR FILMING AT OREGON RODEO

Source: SharkOnline.org

This is clearly an abuse of the law…”

Horse TrippingJordan 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 its leg can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chX9Ig8qxRI

Video of horse tripping at the 2012 Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo, which inspired SB 835, can be seen here:

www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv=zmp8pkbU03I

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  1. I GREW UP WITH HORSES, HAD HORSES AROUND ME ALL MY LIFE, THIS RODEO,S CRUELTY , NEEDS TO END!!!. THIS IS SEVERE ANIMAL ABUSE !! IT IS SICKENING TO KNOW THAT SO MANY PLACES ABUSES ANIMALS, FOR PLEASURE!!!..MANY FRIENDS ARE WITH ME ON THIS , IT IS – NO – PLEASURE AT ALL, JUST A VIOLENT GAME, THAT OFTEN ENDS, WITH A KILL OF THE ANIMALS.. AND THE ANIMALS ARE – NOT GIVEN ONE CHANCE, TO BE ABLE TO ESCAPE NOR DEFEND IT SELF , ALL THIS, FOR NO REASON AT ALL !!! IT,S DISGUSTING !!! THIS ISN,T A SPORT NOR A JOB !! THIS IS A UNFAIR- IDIOTIC -GAME, TO OVER POWER, A DEFENSELESS CONFUSED SCARED TO DEATH,ANIMAL !!! AND HOW EASY ISN,T IT FOR THESE GUYS , WHO IS JUST LOOKING FOR ATTENSION AND TO SHOW OFF.. THIS IS UGGLY & CRUEL ,—- WHY?? WHEN THEY COULD DO THIS DIFFERENTLY , TREAT THE ANIMALS RIGHT, FOR GOD SAKE !!! FRIENDS WITH ME, WILL SIGN EVERY PETITION .. SoCal..

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  2. I am sorry, I just cannot view either video. Just the picture alone is sickening. I cannot for the life of me know why the abuse of animals continues to this day in the US. Poor horses are targets whether they are wild or not. I don’t care if its your culture, background or how you grew up….horse tripping and charro rodeos should be banned in all states with harsh penalties. As far as the deputy is concerned, definitely an abuse of power. He should get the book thrown at him. The rodeo personnel know what is going on is wrong, why single him out or should they care?? There has got to be more transparency in all things, whether its a government matter, BLM matter, animal slaughter matter, etc. Videos like these only serve to expose the truth and should be used as a check for all industries. If its wrong or illegal, DON”T DO IT!!! Why the bill is still being considered and not passed is beyond me…

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  3. File a civil rights violation suit against the Sheriff’s department and file charges of battery against those employed by the rodeo that laid their hands on you. Fight fire with fire!

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  4. GAG ATTEMPTS have to be stopped. Violence has to be reported. Monitoring and auditing of cruel animal treatment practices has to be enforced and increased.

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  5. Another prime example of disturbing behavior inflicted on defenseless beings. This is so blatantly abuse and is should never be allowed, anywhere, period. Where is it that people feel that they have the right to treat another living being like this and call it entertainment. The “gladiator mentality” is still living strong today. People really haven’t evolved all that much not have they. The people involved in this should be prosecuted to the fullest and this atrocity should be shut down!

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  6. Because of the abuse from this particular rodeo, horse tripping is outlawed in Oregon – although there is a silly “Right to Rodeo” clause attached to the bill. The community of Jordan Valley is ssssoooo tiny that if you blink on the dusty highway leading from Southeastern Oregon to Nevada, you will miss it. Still, those residents are hyper-vigilant because of the ugly exposure they received.

    The Jordan Valley rodeo board recently sent a fiery letter to the editor of the East Oregonian in Pendleton, OR attacking the Pendleton Round-Up’s current board of directors for supporting the bill. The PRCA (professional rodeo cowboys association) is against many – if not all – of the abuses these small, extremely rural rodeos engage in to try to attract an audience. I hope Mr. Fahnestock got some video footage of his mistreatment so he has something to take to court.

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  7. Gosh…I can’t even find the words to describe these heathens. I had really hoped we had evolved to a creature of compassion then I see people acting like this. It must be some recessive gene. Tripping horses, shooting Yellowstone Bison on site, killing wolves by the score…these are the actions of maniacal mutants who get off on maiming, mutilating and murder.

    Maybe we should all call the local district attorney and ask that animal abuse charges be filed against the Big Loop Rodeo folks?

    Dan Norris, District Attorney, (541) 473-5127, dnorris@malheurco.org

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    • OR.REV.STAT. § 167.322 (2012). Aggravated animal abuse in the first degree.
      (1) A person commits the crime of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree if the person:
      (a) Maliciously kills an animal; or
      (b) Intentionally or knowingly tortures an animal.
      (2) Aggravated animal abuse in the first degree is a Class C felony.

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      • Where the shoe fits. Take any laws we want to be enforced and are not, The 71 Act or state anti cruelty laws; see the activity, check off the offenses that fit the law and you have possible charges. Excuses do not carry weight. Cut and dried.

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  8. The people that do this kind of abuse to a poor defenseless animal are sick in the head! They are egotistical maniacs who get their jollies by watching an animal suffer in pain! I guess it makes them feel like big men to overpower an animal that is bigger than they are!! Whats even more sick, is the large amount of spectators that enjoy watching this! This abuse should be stopped right away, no ifs ands or buts!! Why is it still being allowed? Arent we supposed to be a civilized nation? We are not barbarians!!! What gives them the right to torture any animal?

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  9. Are we living in the United States or some third world dictatorship country? This sad story sounds like a cheap B movie on late night TV about rednecks. Life imitating ART? I wonder if the camera has been destroyed.

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    • Pretty sure it has been. After visiting a facebook page created to defend rodeos and such, there is no doubt the digital files and camera were destroyed. I question these people and their fervent desire to keep private what it is they do. They claim it is ranch “tradition.” It is quite possible these ranch traditions are based in a high risk of injury to animals, and they don’t want to give it up.Pretty strange behavior for people whose living is made on the backs of these animals.

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  10. Rodeo’s almost get to do what they ‘want’ – they are EXEMPT from both horse protection bills. Absurd! Good ole boys club it is – I hope they file a counterclaim as someone previously posted.

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  11. Time for HSUS to file a suit against the people who abused the horse and the shark advocate needs to file an assault and battery charge against anybody who put their hands on her and for the rest of them, harassment charges are in order. I furs w need to get into another war to satisfy these barbarians..leery them run from enemy fire. Leery them feel the fear and pain that they’ve inflicted on the animals.. A complete turnaround on the people that think this kind of behavior is ok or entertaining. Mankind had always been predatory barbarians. There has been no evolution for the beret, only for the worst.

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  12. I Hope Steve Hindi will be there for this poor advocate who was violently treated Why don’t they bring a lawsuit against the Sheriffs office for an arrest having no basis under the law and using undue force ec OMG These cruelty brokers will stop at nothing will they? Thank god for SHARK

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  13. Sad yes…. so we sit around moaning and ringing our hands.
    I’m VERY VERY PISSED!
    PRESS on it is terrible and prorodeo, at a time when an antihorsetripping bill that has a good chance to win in Oregon is already thru the Senate.
    Very predicitable press might be prorodeo in rural oregon….with this confrontational act by an adovcate with more balls than brains months of hard work for the horses in my state has been jepeordized. I won’t sit aroung and sing his praises. He’s not a team player, and not very smart to take this risk aat this time. Those involved worked so hard for our anntihorsetripping bill to not be portrayed as antirodeo in our very prorodeo state. this suck and shows very bad judgement.

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    • Mistakes happen Debbie and it doesn’t sound like this guy was doing anything to attract atention other than filming the rodeo. This little backcountry rodeo is actually very BIG. The fact is that now he has been the focus of this attack, this little backcountry rodeo now has the attention of many others across the nation. We americans don’t take lightly being subjugated without free speech to oppose abuses of freedom and kindness to animals. I’ve known of this so-called rural Oregonian rodeo for a few years and found that it has quite eloquent defenders. they are now proclaiming their support for the suicide race. I question their need for a gag atmosphere. if there is nothing to hide, let them film it, let the entire world film it. If there is nothing to hide, all the naysayers in the world will do not change. But we all know there is abuse and cruelty and worse horrible disrespect for the animals injured. Roping a horse to drag it out of the arena so the show can go on is pitiful. you don’t have to be anti rodeo to be anti abuse, but that is the way it is being protrayed. Maybe there is some validity to that. It is the old throw the baby out with the bathwater argument.

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      • I meant to say roping a horse with a broken leg to drag it out of the arena so the show can go on and so people do not have to deal with the consequences of their entertainment is pitiful.

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      • yes janwindsong you are correct. I was so upset when I watched the news coverage. and the advocate was very brave. I wish i could unsay my words, but i can’t.
        I still believe it was not the best time for this to happen….but noone will be able to lie and say “there is no horse tripping in oregon” like they did in Nevada. And, honestly, if someone got in my face in the heat of the moment like the sheriffs did i would likely lose my head and behave similarly. Its always easy to be an arm chair quarterback, and usually i am the one telling other people not to do it. and i’m sure there will be good results as well…we will move on and do our best.

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  14. There are folks in Oregon who are saying if this was outlawed they would soon lose the use of roping on their ranches. I don’t believe that. And I do believe you are dancing with the devil when you claim that horse tripping is ‘not so bad’ and lies like that. There is nothing more upsetting and cruel than to see humans heading and heeling a horse who was bought to be used and broken for amusement. Horses are not calves and roping is on the way out in rodeos. It is cruel. Roping a fast running horse and causing it to somersault and slam into a wall? If this is so save please do it to your favorite riding horse and see if it even survives!!

    I am angry that this is going on and those who could help get this banned are helping this baseless activity to kill horses. This is not ‘Sporting” but it is a ‘blood sport and that places it with fox hunting and bull fighting.

    Stop this deliberate cruelty and the killing of many horses for this Blood Sport.

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    • you have some good points…the law in oregon’s legislature was very carefully crafted to avoid attacking rodeo and to differentiate horse tripping from both roping and traditional rodeo, and it has been with the support of ardent rodeo fans that the law has gotten so far (all the way thru oregon’s senate already). which is one reason i was concerned by this act by the advocate at this time….when we are suceeding with help from rodeo people. you might not know that horse tripping is not allowed in any prca sanctioned rodeo’s, is illegal in 11 other states already, and has been banned for movies or tv for over 50 years….it is not a legitimate rodeo activity but was imported to the US from the hispanic cultures tradtions, though i myself have hispanic relative and i can tell you not all hispanics are bloodthirsty

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  15. What part of a person’s brain is missing, to even consider such a barbaric practice, “entertainment”?? The advocate in question, or any other spectator, for that matter, that was either filming this, or just taking photos, had their American rights taken away. This was, unfortunately a public event, so it should be “public knowledge” as well. What does watching, or worse, participating directly in it, the horrific, blatant animal abuse & cruelty, do to one’s soul? How can anyone condone that, pay for it, go to it & be a part of it, or watch from the stands? I don’t get it. If those people are that far gone, that far removed from humanity, they shouldn’t even be here, breathing the same air as the rest of us! To watch another living creature be hurt, exploited, or suffer, & do nothing, is as bad as doing it yourself! Disgusting!

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  16. I would love to get my hands on these heartless people and hurt them the way they hurt these helpless, beautiful animals!

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  17. This is the perfect opportunity to expose an obvious corrupt “Good ol boy” system of a bullied regiem of protecting the abusers, while abusing the innocent and completely ignoring any animal rights and this mans civil rights. If this were a public display of men throwing around children in a reckless, vicious attempt to humiliate and injure with zero empathy to their victim, these people would all be in jail for many years, so the question is, will we all be the voice for these innocent animals? Expose the cruelty to the public, expose the corruption in the legal system, get these type of people out of the positions of any authority, build compassionate boards to oversee all animal exploitation, esp. within the Fish and Game/Wildlife, we need to re-organize the current system.

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  18. So…since the volunteer was arrested, what can we all do??? We need to blow this thing out of the water for all the world to see and have justice served to the people that hurt him and the animals. We can all sit at our computers like this or decide, and take action by standing behind SHARK, HSUS and anyone else that wants to be a voice for the horses.. I smell a lawsuit and animal abuse charges….

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  19. I thought horse tripping was illegal in Oregon. I never heard there was a law against filming an illegal act at a public event. Shouldn’t the person doing the horse tripping be in jail, and the photographer be free?

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    • Horse tripping is not illegal in Oregon YET. An antihorsetripping bill has made it through the Oregon senate. The bill made it through the senate **with** the **help** of very **pro** rodeo people, and is delicately written to differentiat horse tripping from other roping events.
      Other attempts at making horse tripping a crime have failed because rodeo fans feared outlawing roping would be next target, which is one reason i was at first concerned about the actovists actions….because it would be a shame to hurt the law’s chances when it has made it so far this time. But i can understand him being incensed and resisting those bogus sheriffs… I was also pissed that the tv news people reported in such a biased way….

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  20. Go over to the site and leave the same comments there that are on here, I certainly did. Don’t just complain here take it to the source. Go after their sponsors that’s what Shark has been doing for a number of years now plus trying to get the live pigeon shoots at a gun club stopped.

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    • Yes, I agree, Barbara, and I want to do something, but what site? There are videos posted on “Straight from the Heart”, but I don’t know where to contact these people – do you? If so, please post so we can bombard them with complaints. Thanks.

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      • I did go back through the comments as I remembered someone posting the local DA’s address and I wrote the following:

        Dear District Attorney Norris,

        I am writing to convey to you how extremely upset and disgusted I am at the events that took place at the Big Loop Rodeo. My first concern is regarding the animal abuse that was allowed at this rodeo in the form of horse tripping. Please file animal abuse charges against these rodeo promotors. This kind of cruelty must stop at once.

        My second concern is the mistreatment of the SHARK member, Adam Fahnestock, who was legally and peacefully recording the event on camera. I certainly hope that you have retained the film or have looked for film from other members of the audience as reportedly many people were filming the event.

        Adam Fahnestock should be released from custody and charges should be filed against the deputy who arrested him illegally. This is an outrage.

        Thank you for your immediate attention,
        Elaine Brown
        Animal Activist
        Sunland, CA

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      • Well, I am a little slow today. Watching Moore, OK footage is enough without this, but must say thanks, RT, for I just realized that SHARK’s online site was listed above, and I went there. They are my kind of people and will have my support. I may even volunteer. SharkOnline.org

        We must all react and do what we can asap. The animals cannot wait.

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  21. The horse in this video looks so much like a mustang. And for a horse that has been raised to buck, should be used to people approaching it. I think this is a wild horse that has been sold as SA without freeze branding. Here’s a thought. For each horse that is brought in to be used in their wild horse shows and bronco busting – let’s see the bill of sale. And i want to see its transport record. that horse in the video on this article was afraid of the people approaching it.

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  22. This is horse cruelty compared to slaughter,it is a despicable act inflicted on an innocent animal,for what reason other than thoughtless meaningless human pleasure coupled with sadism! I fear for the innocent children that witness this and accept it as a fun and exciting pastime,there are no morals of the adults that enjoy this type of activity.

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      • It isn’t illegal to kill and butcher your own horse, so maybe it isn’t illegal. These are privately owned horses in a fenced pasture. It isn’t a hunt, it’s just killing. They also advertise that you can kill it the “traditional” way, with a stick. So, these are domestic horses, you can just walk up to them and shoot or club them to death. Someone alert SS and DD!! They’ll want to book a party right away. Even if it’s a hoax, this site is begging to be shut down.

        As an amateur history buff, I will say, I hate it when idiots like this take tidbits from history and make up stupid stories to support their perversion. This site claims that “horse hunting” was a big traditional sport enjoyed by Henry VIII. He did order that all stallions under 15 hands and mares under 13 hands not be bred, and any “loose” horses be rounded up once a year, and those who didn’t meet his standards be killed. He didn’t make it a sport, he wanted to mandate a breed of horses big enough for a knight in armor to ride. It shows you how long “governments” have been mismanaging the lives of horses. Time to get them out of our horse’s lives once and for all. And by the way, Elizabeth I repealed this stupid law of her father’s.

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  23. This is awful! If rodeo officials are scared of what might be captured on film IN PUBLIC then they shouldn’t be holding the event! What a disgrace!! 😦

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    • I read in my local East Oregonian newspaper this morning that the Jordan Valley Rodeo is held on private property which seemed very odd. That is the justification they used to arrest this young man – he was filming on private property. How many public events are held on private property where it is explicitly stated that one cannot take pictures or video? They sell tickets for this so called “rodeo.” What are the federal or state laws that prohibit taking pictures of a public event? There appears a lot for an attorney to work with here for a false arrest charge. Add battery to that and Jordan Valley is going to wish they never decided to abuse horses or harass audience members.

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  24. Go to Sharkonline.org and ask if they know who the sponsors for this years rodeo is. I believe coke or pepsi was last year. I know there was a number of them unless most of then decided not to sponsor anymore. It might be a good idea to sign up for Sharks newsletter, it is a good way to keep up with what is going on about all of this. They have exposed a lot of the rodeos for their shocking the bucking horses as they leave the chute. Shocking is against the law. In one photo you can see the hand held device the guy slips back in his pocket. At the gun club they have boxes of live birds that are used as targets with a lot of them injured and die after falling into the nearby river. The cruelty you see is something you never get used to..None of the local police will do a thing, this is another good-ole-boys club.

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    • I read that the sponsors were idaho power and les schabb tire then idaho power pulled out last year….leaving Les Schabb, which is a pretty small company as companies go and very vunerable to boycott with lots of other sources for discount tires avaialbe to consumers…so what are we waiting for ? =:)

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  25. The rodeo needs to be sued in civil court. Local charges for assault. against the attackers. A case should be opened in the DOJ for violation against Americans basic rights. The only way to stop this crap is to hit the rodeo with court charges. And not just one charge, hit them with Federal and local charges.

    By the way what happened to the burro filmer and the person who was cell phone taping the BLM securities attack against the burro filmer? more violations against American rights that should be pursued in our Federal courts with a vengence.

    These animal abusers will use the federal terror laws/local laws to get rid of animal advocates they don’t want around. We need to fight back twice as hard using the courts to stop these people.

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    • You are right Sunlei. Apparently this “private” rodeo that sells tickets to the general public, yet discriminates against some of their audience taking video, then uses the county sheriff’s department – paid with our public taxes – to do their thug work. The violations against the 1st amendment right, illegal search & seizure of his equipment, and blatant discrimination against this particular audience member will give an attorney much to work with on a federal level. Add to that any Oregon state laws and it is important that this young man, with the backing of animal groups, sue. Criminal charges should be brought against this little “rodeo” for fraud in taking money to view animal abuse, too.

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