AR-News: (US) Valley Center rodeo focus of animal cruelty complaint

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Wed Jul 23 11:25:08 EDT 2003

VALLEY CENTER – The San Diego Humane Society is investigating a complaint
of animal cruelty at the Valley Center rodeo in May.

The investigation, begun this month, will determine whether workers at the
Western Days Rodeo used stun guns on bulls before they were released from
the chute. The use of electric prods or similar devices on animals inside
the holding chute is illegal unless participants or spectators are at risk. 
An Orange County woman who said she videotaped cowboys shocking the
animals in the chutes sent her tape to the Humane Society with a letter of
complaint. The woman, Pat Vinet, is a volunteer investigator with the
organization SHARK, which stands for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.
Vinet said she secretly tapes activity at rodeos to record animal abuse.

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