SHARK: Tucson Rodeo – Will They Shock Horses This Year?

February 28th, 2009 4:25 pm by Kelly Garbato

The following is excerpted from the most recent edition of SHARK’s newsletter.


Tucson Rodeo – Will They Shock Horses This Year? Or Will They Join Other Rodeos and Ban Shocking?

In 2008, SHARK exposed the Tucson Rodeo for shocking horses with 5,000 – 6,000 volts of painful electricity to make them perform.

SHARK filed a complaint requesting a criminal investigation and charges against those responsible, that was filed with the Arizona Department of Agriculture – Animal Services Division.

SHARK received great media coverage of this issue helping to educate many in Arizona about rodeo animal abuse.

In advance of the upcoming rodeo this year, SHARK has sent out two press releases (see below) to the media, the City Council and the Mayor of Tucson requesting their attention and action on this issue.

What You Can Do:

Contact the Mayor and City Council Members and request a ban on shocking the animals in the rodeo like many other rodeos in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, etc.

Mayor Bob Walkup
City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4201
FAX: (520) 791-5348
E-Mail: mcweb [at]

Vice Mayor, Karin Uhlich
Ward Three
1510 East Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona 85719
Phone: (520) 791-4711
FAX: (520) 791-5391
E-Mail: ward3 [at]

Mike Hein, City Manager
City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4204
FAX: (520) 791-5198
E-Mail: mike.hein [at]

Council Member Regina Romero
Ward One
940 W. Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: (520) 791-4040
FAX: (520) 791-5393
Email: ward1 [at]

Council Member Rodney Glassman
Ward Two
7575 E. Speedway
Tucson, Arizona 85710
Phone: (520) 791-4687
FAX: (520) 791-5380
E-Mail: ward2 [at]

Council Member Shirley Scott
Ward Four
8123 E. Poinciana
Tucson, Arizona 85730
Phone: (520) 791-3199
FAX: (520) 791-4717
E-Mail: ward4 [at]

Council Member Steve Leal
Ward Five
4300 South Park Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85714
Phone: (520) 791-4231
FAX: (520) 791-3188
E-Mail: steve.leal [at]

One of the two press releases SHARK sent out:

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2009

Contact: Steve Hindi – 630-640-1889

Tucson Rodeo Set to Shock Horses Again?

In 2008, an investigator for SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) caught Tucson Rodeo personnel shocking horses to make them buck wildly. SHARK investigators have also caught other rodeos committing the same abuse.

Now there is a push to ban the use of electric shock in rodeos. Major rodeos in Denver, Cheyenne, Omaha, Greeley, Colorado Springs and Dallas are included in the list of rodeos banning electric shock. So far, Tucson has NOT banned shocking.

“Apparently Tucson doesn’t intend to stop shocking, and doesn’t mind being exposed for more criminal animal abuse,” says SHARK president Steve Hindi. “If they don’t mind committing the abuse, we don’t mind documenting and exposing it again.

SHARK has a YouTube video exposing the Tucson Rodeo’s horse shocking here:

Shocking the horses is a clear violation of the Tucson city ordinance Section 4-3. Cruelty and neglect.

Sec. 4-3(I). Cruelty. …whoever, having charge or custody of an animal, either as owner or otherwise, inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon it, cruelly drives or works it when unfit for labor, or cruelly abandons it, or carries it or causes it to be carried in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhumane manner or knowingly and willfully authorizes or permits it to be subject to unreasonable or unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty of any kind, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

For more information, see:

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SHARK received a call from the Mayor’s office acknowledging receipt of the press releases, but the Mayor remains silent about what they plan to do about the shocking of horses this year at the rodeo.



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