Tell Disney Rodeo Torture is Not Entertainment
Source: idausa – Tell Disney Rodeo Torture is Not Entertainment (idausa.org)
Disney is developing a live-action film based on the book Aloha Rodeo, which follows three Hawaiian cowboys who in 1908 traveled to Wyoming to compete in a steer roping competition at what’s still one of the most brutal and deadly rodeos in the world. Please join us in urging Disney to cancel this dangerous project, which will injure and potentially kill animal “actors” while glamorizing one of the cruelest events in rodeo.
The activity at the center of Aloha Rodeo is steer roping. This is the famous event whereby a cowboy on horseback chases down a terrified steer, lassos him with a rope noose, and stops short so the steer is knocked to the ground with incredible force, before the cowboy dismounts and runs to bind the steer’s legs together. Steer roping is so excessively violent that it is not part of the annual National Finals Rodeo, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has largely removed the event from its website.
This event can result in serious injuries and deaths, and it’s also considered so cruel and dangerous that it’s been banned in several states. The following video filmed by Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) shows how rodeo roping can paralyze calves and adult animals by breaking their necks.
The rodeo in the book takes place in Wyoming and still exists as one of the world’s largest. More animals will unquestionably suffer and die there in steer roping and other cruel rodeo events.
This is not Disney’s first rodeo; the company should be well aware of the risks its fictional films pose to real-life animals. In 1955, when Disney released Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier, the film inspired a raccoon skin cap craze that decimated the U.S. raccoon population. Each time 101 Dalmatians or its sequels are released, it spurs a surge in the demand for Dalmatians, which perpetuates puppy mills and leads to an increase in the number being dumped on already overburdened rescues and shelters.
Disney’s live action film will glorify this inherently violent industry which encourages kids to harm animals for fun and inflicts lethal injuries on bulls for entertainment. It will also sugarcoat the serious animal welfare concerns of a scandalous industry that shocked and beat a horse and attacked a bull with dogs.
This film will be a disaster for animals and risks reviving the entire sagging rodeo industry by sanitizing animal cruelty.
Join us in urging Disney to cancel the planned live-action film Aloha Rodeo, which will put animals at risk of harm and glamorize an inherently violent and brutal entertainment.
1. Please call Disney Studios to let the company know that you are not okay with its making a spectacle of animal cruelty in the upcoming live-action film Aloha Rodeo.
Some talking points you can mention:
- Steer roping is so excessively violent that it is not part of the annual National Finals Rodeo, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has largely removed it from its website.
- Severe injuries are expected, and death is not uncommon in the rodeo. Animals forced to “act” in Aloha Rodeo are at serious risk of being injured and killed, causing a PR disaster before the film even airs.
- These baby animals are taken from their moms at just four or five months old to endure the dangerous torment of roping. After they are too broken to exploit, the rodeo sends them to the slaughterhouse.
- When Disney released Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier in 1955, the film inspired a raccoon skin cap craze that decimated the U.S. raccoon population.
- Disney should not associate with an industry that harms animals for entertainment. This cruel and violent industry deserves to be left in the past, especially at a time where public respect for animals is growing.
- Rodeo is animal cruelty, which is not a suitable topic for a family film. Associating with rodeo can only harm the Disney brand.
2. Tell your friends and family to avoid rodeos.
3. Comment on Disney’s social media accounts.
On Disney’s Facebook page, the Disney Studios Facebook page and the Disney+ Facebook page, please ask the company to cancel its plans to make Aloha Rodeo, a movie centered around the torture of steers.
@Disney @DisneyStudios @DisneyPlus #AnimalCruelty isn’t entertainment. Cancel your plans to make #AlohaRodeo, a film centered around a rodeo event so cruel and dangerous it’s been banned in several states. #RodeoCruelty
4. Please fill out the form on this page to submit our emails asking Alan Bergman – Chairman and Alan F. Horn – Chief Creative Officer at Disney and Disney’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department to cancel production of this dangerous film.
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- Alan Bergman – Chairman
- Alan F. Horn – Chief Creative Officer
- Disney’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department
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