Allegations Of Abuse At Reno Rodeo

RENO, NV - "Right now it's this guy, at other times it will be a different guy or a different guy," says Steve Hindi of Shark as it points to video from the Reno Rodeo he says was taken this year.

Hindi points out the moment the bucking broncs at the Reno Rodeo are intentionally shocked by men in the Chute.

This isn't the first time the animal activists have brought attention to the practice--perfectly legal according the the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association--saying its unethical and SHARK claims those delivering the shock are giving the horse more jolt than necessary.

“This prod is absolutely illegal under their rules,” says Hindi as he holds a “Hot Shot” prod.

Hindi claims those working with the livestock are hiding the ten thousand volt prod by altering the prod itself, and using gloves, secretly hiding the end of the prod in their hands, and delivering the shock with the other.

SHARK claims more than one livestock handler was captured on tape doing it.

Last week the Reno Rodeo responded to SHARK'S claims that only one livestock handler was illegally shocking animals by saying that individual was in violation of rodeo policy, today the rodeo said because of the 4th of July Holiday it would have to look at SHARK'S evidence and address the allegations at a later date.

For its part the PRCA says a hand held prod is used with the agreement of the judge, contestant and livestock owner as a safe way to get the horse out the of chute.

The PRCA says delivering the shock does not affect the horses buck or otherwise performance once it and the rider have left that chute.

Hindi disagrees with the PRCA.

He claims the shocks are delivered to alter the outcome of the bucking bronc competition

Hindi says the shocks are delivered only for certain riders—under the judge's noses to directly affect the outcome of the competition.

Hindi says that in effect questions the legitimacy of the sport and the actual championship the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

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