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Horse Dies During Rodeo! Possibly From Animal Cruelty!!

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At the famous Cowtown Rodeo in New Jersey, one of the horses died in the middle of a live performance!

That's awful!! Poor horsie…

What's even worse is the horse, Duke, might have died because of abuse!!

Animal rights activists from SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) allege that the horse was secretly being shocked with a cattle-prod device before he was released from his gate.

The whole point of the shocks would be to get him to go buck wild, and perform better.

Cowtown disagrees, saying that Duke died from an "aneurysm of his aorta blood vessel."

Cowtown said:

"Our vet has assured us that this had nothing to do with the rodeo event and it is a natural (although rare) occurrence to have a horse pass from this reason."

The owner of Cowtown, Grant Harris, also owned Duke, so he said:

"I am going to be talking to everybody who's been in contact with the horse to find out if Duke was mistreated."

SHARK is planning on contacting the SPCA to ask that animal cruelty charges be brought down on Cowtown.

We just feel so bad for Duke and hope that justice is served!

Check out the video (above) to see Duke's final moments but BEWARE it contains the graphic death of a once living horse.

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3 comments to “Horse Dies During Rodeo! Possibly From Animal Cruelty!!”

  1. JrzyGrll says – reply to this


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    Thank you so much for posting and bringing awareness for Duke!!!

  2. doggirl says – reply to this


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    This incident needs to be fully investigated since rodeos have no official oversight committees or boards. Also some kind of autopsy ought to be performed by experts who are not part of the rodeo payroll, instead of just taking the word of a vet who is part of the industry.

    Rodeos are no doubt a cruel and unsportsman-like event. Like bullfighting, they shoud be banned.

  3. Lea Buijsse says – reply to this


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    you can see that the horse was not really bucking at all. This was not a wild horse from the moment it fell into the Arena. It was already sick after it was shocked and beaten before! The hart of this horse was blown up because of the electocuting! That is not a natural dead, for as you can see…this was caused by a human! Now, how can you call this a Western Tradition and speak about athletes as there is no sport to show and no honour to get if you beat and electrocute animals! For they are freightened and hurt! And hanged in ropes, the fake cowboys kick, beat and hang their animals! This animal abuse is forbidden and the government has to do something about this. This is fake cowboy mafia in the USA! A big shame for the real Western Traditon. And Coca Cola is sponsoring these kind of events, even when they are told that these events are cruel to animals. Coca Cola has to stop the sponsoring!