ShARK: Matchbox Twenty Speaks: We won’t make money from animal abuse

April 15th, 2008 9:38 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 4/17/08:

If you’re interested in learning more about this issue, local CBS affiliate KGWN has a number of updates and videos here:

Hat tip to The Animals Voice!

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From: SHARK Update
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM
Subject: Matchbox Twenty Speaks: We won’t make money from animal abuse

Thanks Matchbox Twenty!

Dear Friends,

As we told you earlier this week, Matchbox Twenty will not be performing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo after viewing SHARK’s video footage of last year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and other rodeos.

A press release sent out today, April 10th, states:

Regrettably, Matchbox Twenty will not be able to perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 18. After careful consideration it was decided that the participating in this event would directly contradict the mission statement of SIDEWALK ANGELS FOUNDATION, our non profit organization.

The other members of matchbox twenty support this decision and while we understand that a great deal of effort went into planning of this show, and apologize to any and all fans who purchased tickets to see us, we ask that they please understand that it would be impossible for us to put ourselves in the position of making money from what we believe to be the mistreatment of animals.


Rob and Marisol Thomas and The Sidewalk Angels Foundation

SHARK is truly impressed and sincerely appreciative of Rob and Marisol’s dedication for the animals. They not only withdrew from CFD, but also provided a public statement as to why.

Additional media coverage about this includes:

LA Times


Please take a moment to thank Rob and Marisol Thomas at SidewalkAngelsFoundation [at] for their benevolence and courage.

Or, leave a positive message on the Sidewalk Angels Forum (or see what others are saying here): Sidewalk Angels Forum

Also, please go to the following link and add your supportive comments to the band. There are a lot of negative comments from rodeo thugs. Please let the band know that we know they are heros. You will need to sign in, but all things considering, it is certainly worth it for the animals.

Official Matchbox Twenty Forum

For more information about this issue, and to view the videos that inspired MB20’s decision, go to:

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From: SHARK Update
Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM
Subject: Press Conference Scheduled; Help Spread the Word

Press Conference in Cheyenne Scheduled

The story of Matchbox Twenty’s cancellation continues to spread in the media, going from coast to coast in general and entertaiment press. Even all the way to Australia! See some of the coverage in:

Rolling Stone

United Kingdom Entertainment Press

Celeb Gossip site

SHARK is convening a public Press Conference in Cheyenne, WY this Wednesday. Video footage showing what MB20 calls “mistreatment of animals” will be disseminated as well as recommendations for a more humane rodeo.

Please help spread the word!

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2008
Contact: Steve Hindi – (630)640-1889

Why Did Matchbox Twenty Withdraw from CFD?
Press Conference, Graphic Video to Provide Answers

Although Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo officials have expressed bewilderment over the Matchbox Twenty cancellation, due to what the band referred to as “mistreatment of animals”, the reasons are easily found in graphic video documentation from the 2007 CFD Rodeo.

CFD Rodeo officials and Cheyenne city officials are invited to a press conference to review this video documentation. Copies of the video will be provided to the media.

SHARK will also release a list of humane recommendations for the CFD Rodeo.

SHARK’s Press Conference will be at the Laramie County Library (in the Willow Room) on 2800 Central Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 10:15 am – 12:00 noon.

Showing Animals Respect and Kindness will treat all attending officials with respect and consideration. SHARK is ready and willing to work with all concerned to make CFD Rodeo a more humane event. The meeting will open up from 11:30 am until noon to answer questions from the public.


To see videos and photos of the CFD Rodeos, go to:



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