Animal Activists Criticize Rodeo for Treatment of Horses

Animal rights activists are taking aim at the National Finals Rodeo.

A group known as SHARK says it has video of a cowboy using a
device on horses leaving the chute. SHARK believes the device may
be an electrical shock and is a violation of humane treatment rules.

A National Finals Rodeo spokeswoman says the rules allow cowboys
to use -- quote -- "harmless encouragement" to initiate bucking before a horse leaves the chute.

Cindy Schonholtz says a small shock is permitted but only when applied to the animal's hip or shoulders.

SHARK stands from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.

Tonight is the final night of the rodeo.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-15-07 1849EST

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