The following is from our friends at SHARK. http://www.sharkonline.org/
The Rodeo Mafia Shows its “Love” of Animals
Hank Franzen, owner of the Powder River Rodeo Company, claims he wasn’t involved when 12 colts were gunned down and dumped on land administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management.
Who was responsible? Franzen’s son, his son-in-law, and a friend.
Franzen and his bunch are claiming that the foals and their mothers were starving. Apparently it never occurred to them to feed them. These thugs are trying to frame what happened as mercy killings.
A number of individuals and parties were mentioned in a May 3rd, 2010 article describing the deaths in the Sublette Examiner, located in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Twelve baby horses killed because their “owner” didn’t want to feed them.
The only individual in the story with any sign of a he art or intelligence is a local veterinarian named Ernie Patterson. Dr. Patterson, stated:
“There’s no reason in my mind that you would have to euthanize the foals and describe it as a mercy killing.”
“If you want to be humane to the mares, you feed them.”
Someone – quick – elect this man as governor of Wyoming, because he is almost certainly the smartest guy in the state. One thing is for certain, he is ten times smarter than the rodeo people we’ve met in Wyoming, and the butt-kissing Wyoming politicians who swagger around the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Federal charges are pending in the incident. Predictably, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), with whom the Powder River Rodeo Company is affiliated, has neither said nor done anything about the issue.
This story shows how rodeo people love their animals. This story doesn’t represent just the actions of some thugs in one rodeo company. The silence of the PRCA and every other rodeo person and rodeo association in this case demonstrates how rodeo people view animals, and why SHARK must continue to pursue and expose them.