Posted by: kinshipcircle | May 1, 2009

COKE & RODEOS – THE OFFICIAL SOFT DRINK OF CRUELTY?

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4/29/09: Coke & Rodeos – Official Soft Drink Of Cruelty?

The Coca-Cola Company denies sponsoring rodeo, but this photo tells the
truth. http://www.CokeCruelty.com

Does The Coca-Cola Company sponsor rodeos? Coca-Cola cares about the welfare
of animals and supports their proper treatment. That is why the Company and
our U.S. bottling partners will not sponsor attractions that feature animals
unless the event organizers have policies and procedures in place to support
the humane treatment of animals and provide ready access to quality
veterinary care to protect the animals’ health and safety.
http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/contactus/faq/sponsorships.html

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Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734; Atlanta, GA 30301
ph: 800-438-2653 (GET-COKE)
web form: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/contactus/cokefeedback/index.html
Coca-Cola’s Corporate Responsibility Review: crreview@na.ko.com

The Coca-Cola Company Customer Service
coca-cola.support@na.ko.com

Coca-Cola Company Board of Directors
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The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734; Atlanta, Georgia 30301

Industry and Consumer Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
DUN 500; P.O. Box 1734; Atlanta, GA 30301

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Coca-Cola Company’s Code of Business Conduct, Workplace Rights Policy or
other ethics and compliance matters.
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Strategic Security KO Operations Center in the U.S.: koc@na.ko.com

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Dear Coca-Cola Company:

I admire Coca-Cola’s involvement in areas such as environment, civic action,
and scholarship programs. That’s all the more reason I’m confused by the
company’s lax ethics on animal welfare.

Specifically, your statement about rodeo sponsorship claims Coca-Cola
Company and its U.S. bottling partners “will not sponsor events or
attractions that feature animals unless event organizers have policies and
procedures in place to support humane treatment and provide…quality
veterinary care to protect the animals’ health and safety.”

Animals in rodeos do not receive “humane treatment” or “quality veterinary
care.” In fact, rodeo handlers bully animals with electric prods, straps,
spurs and tail twisting. On-site veterinarians (if present) cannot intervene
once a deliberately agitated animal is released into the ring.

“Without torture, there can be no rodeo,” says Peggy W. Larson, DVM, MS, JD,
a former bareback bronco rider who explains that horses and bulls buck
wildly only because they are in pain from rigid flank straps and spurring.

Why are Coca-Cola banners — apparently arranged between your bottling
partners and rodeo organizers — prominently displayed at the Cheyenne
Frontier Days Rodeo? Coca-Cola’s logo has popped up in rodeos throughout
North America. At the 2005 Cheyenne, Wyoming rodeo, blood from a horse’s
hoof wound was even spattered around a Coca-Cola sign beside an entry chute.

Since actions speak more convincingly than words, I urge Coca-Cola to cut
all ties to the rodeo. Please ask your bottlers to ensure banners and other
materials are removed from rodeo events.

Rodeo organizers allege compliance with animal welfare rules, but documented
images tell a different story. A scared calf flees into the ring at high
speed so the “cowboy” can neck-choke him into the ground. He typically
body-slams the young animal again for theatrical effect.

In bucking events, the horses’ intestines and groins are cinched so tightly
they lurch in response to pain. Animals who won’t buck may be shocked with
electric prods. Many careen into fences, posts or chutes.

Animal welfare groups worldwide denounce rodeo’s trail of busted bones,
cracked skulls and severed spines. Please ask your bottlers — and any other
entities related to Coca-Cola — to comply with the company’s claim to “care
about the welfare of animals.”

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Coca Cola Sponsors The Rodeo
http://www.CokeCruelty.com
VIDEO: Coca Cola Animal Cruelty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGw1ZQCPwzs
Coca-Cola’s History of Lying About Rodeo
http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000913
Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK)
contactshark@gmail.com

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  3. Wow ppl ever been to a rodeo horses there want to work i spend more money on my rodeo horse then my self so newsflash rodeo will never be banned dare ya to come to sd and try that one get a life!!! We love and value our animals stop trying to ruin ppls life cuz ya got none…oh yeahh and those precious cattle ya love look an mickey dees not us


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