Getting PBR off George Mason University’s Campus
PROTESTS ARE SCHEDULED:
September 23: https://www.facebook.com/events/373408161558603/?active_tab=about
September 24: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125074378434369
PBR (Professional Bull Riders) is being allowed to perform at GMU’s Eagle Bank Arena every September. PBR is horrifically cruel to the animals in their “care.”
They electrocute, tie the penises of the bulls, and hit them with spurs to agitate them to buck. Bovines are naturally very quiet, gentle animals, but rodeos (like bullfighting) hurts them to make them panic and buck. Due to the panicked bucking and having their penises tied so tightly, bulls (and horses) will buck so hard and high that broken legs, broken backs, and broken necks as well as traumatic head injuries are common.
Every animal used at a rodeo will be sent to slaughter if they are injured or are “no longer able to perform.” Yes, even horses from rodeos will be added to kill pens alongside race horses to be shipped to slaughter in other countries. The bulls also are branded, kept in trailers for hours without water, and denied fields to naturally graze and relax. Due to the structure of their legs, broken limbs during traveling is common.
This is disgusting, horrific animal cruelty that we do not want on our campus. Less than 1% of GMU students attended the 2019 event. GMU is profiting off animal abuse when there are other options. The Eagle Bank Arena can make money off their other events such as Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, plays, etc. They don’t need to add animal abuser, whether from a circus or rodeo, to that list!
Please, sign the petition and demand GMU do better: https://www.change.org/p/gmu-animal-cruelty-is-not-family-fun-cancel-professional-bull-riders
Email George Mason University’s President – Gregory Washington and inform him of what’s happening on campus behind his back: email@example.com
Office of the President
5100 Alan and Sally Merten Hall, Ffx, MSN: 3A1
Fairfax, VA 22030
University’s contact page: https://president.gmu.edu/contact-0
Call Susan Riel, the President & CEO of EagleBank. EagleBank spent millions of dollars to put their name on the GMU arena. Ask them to SPEAK OUT against animal abuse. Ms. Riel may be reached at 301-986-1800 or 240-497-2075.
Contact Eric Cuthbertson, General Manager of Eagle Bank Arena who is the one responsible for allowing PBR on campus: firstname.lastname@example.org
GMU still is refusing to allow students and alumni to meet with the school president, Dr Gregory Washington. They are hanging up on anyone who calls, and refusing to answer Emails. I recently was able to get an answer when requesting to have a meeting with Dr Washington, but the moment I told them what the meeting was about they returned to shunning me.
We will NOT stop, GMU! You may coward and hide and refuse to let the school president know what you are doing behind his back, but we will continue to fight until this animal abuse is banned from campus!
On September 25th, during the second day of protesting/day of the event, a spectator who was present during the September 24th event found this page and reached out to me. In horror, she described how a bull broke his leg and was cruelly dragged out of the arena.
PBR hid the video from the public broadcast, and I offered a cash reward for the footage, as surely someone filmed it. But, no one came forward, until October 5th when the ALDF branch at GMU did get the footage. They shared it on the ALDF website: https://aldf.org/article/virginia-urge-gmu-administration-to-ban-professional-bull-riders/
I have reached out to them.
As you can see from the footage, PBR does NOT care about these animals. They literally DRAGGED this injured and terrified bull out BY HIS NECK.
This happened on our campus. This cruelty has NO PLACE on our campus, or anywhere!
After being postponed a couple of times due to situations out of my control, I FINALLY had my meeting with the Vice President of GMU!
It went VERY well. VP Pascarell sympathized with the bulls very much. Upon watching the video of the bull breaking his leg on campus, she said “You’re breaking my heart.” After I explained to her all about PBR of how they abuse the animals, send them to slaughter, and showed her more images and videos of PBR/rodeo cruelty, she referred to PBR as “disgusting.”
She thanked me for bringing her attention to this matter. In fact, the meeting went so well that during it she called in the liaison between GMU and Monumental Sports and Entertainment (who are the actual owners of Eagle Bank Arena) into the meeting to talk about what can be done.
The liaison lady confirmed that PBR has a contract through September 2023, but there’s no new contract as of YET. This means, it is VERY likely that if my meeting succeeded that there will be no new contract! Ending PBR and other animal acts coming to GMU’s campus once and for all!
Now, obviously the work isn’t done. The VP gave me her contact info and I sent her MORE stuff about PBR, circuses, etc. to show none of these acts should be allowed on campus. I also gave her the petition which she was very interested in.
Again, GMU does NOT own Eagle Bank Arena, it’s owned by Monumental Sports and Entertainment. So GMU can’t decide what happens there. But they can be a huge help in getting Monumental Sports in not allowing animal cruelty due to HUMAN SAFETY.
Because I shared all the videos and articles about bulls, horses, and circus animals escaping and injuring pedestrians, that alone puts students on campus at risk. The liability of students being injured or killed gives GMU a lot of power to ensure Monumental Sports does not allow these acts onto campus. I also shared the articles about PBR cowboys being convicted criminals, further showing the danger students are put in by allowing these monsters onto our campus.
That was the biggest cause of concern for the VP, her assistant, and the liaison.
The VP is also investigating why my FOIA request has not been given to me yet. I hope that will also shed a lot of light of what has been happening behind closed doors.
I am VERY excited about this turn of events. It went that well. It also helped that my dog was there and the ladies instantly liked me because of her. She is pictured being a good girl.
I will update when more news comes to light. Please, follow my socials for updates. I will also update when I learn when the last, possible, PBR event at GMU will be taking place.
I received the first part of my FOIA request from GMU. It was the contract between GMU and Monumental Sports and Entertainment (the people who own Eagle Bank Arena). While reading the over 100 page document, I discovered this amazing rule on page 11 (see image):
“The University reserves the right to exclude any event or events from the Arena or from the terms of this Agreement regardless of the prior scheduling of the event, if the University reasonably determines that the event will adversely affect the reputation of the University or its relationship with the surrounding community.”
This rule alone can not only ban PBR from ever coming back to campus, but also ban ALL animal acts from the arena as these acts not only make the school look bad, but is frowned upon by locals!
I Emailed this find to the Vice President and her assistant, and they got back to me the same day thanking me for it and saying they were reaching out to the liaison between GMU and Monumental Sports.
I haven’t heard back since, but I’ll be reaching out again soon to double check what is happening.
Let this be a lesson to everyone to FOIA request for your campaigns! You never know what you might discover!
BREAKING: VICTORY AGAINST PBR
I am working on confirmation that this means no animal events will ever be booked at Eagle Bank Arena ever again, as it’s owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, but for now…. I DID IT!!!!
Despite abuse an threats from local “activists” who tried to push me away… Despite feeling like giving up due to their abuse twice and self harming from their threats and disgusting language towards me…. I stuck with it because the only person who could win this was a student or alumni of GMU. None of these people bullying me or stealing my work are students or alumni so never could get a meeting with GMU leadership.
It’s disgusting that people who claim to have wanted this same goal would have tried so hard to push away the only people who could achieve it (students), but once again…. I proved bullies wrong.
While PBR will still be there in September (Protest PBR at George Mason University), the protests can focus on just the animals and abuse an raising awareness to those going in. As it always should have been.
I will update as I get more info, as I want to ensure no more animal events will ever come back, and maybe GMU can post a statement condemning PBR which could encourage others to also drop them. A huge university like them publicly speaking against these animal acts would be huge to get other universities, stadiums, cities, etc. to follow suit.
For now, I will relish in this victory. My first campaign ever… No help. Just me, a lot of abuse, even someone stealing my work…. But I won!
Continue reading to learn more about this cruelty.
PBR Cowboy charged with RAPE: https://www.kcra.com/article/joao-ricardo-vieira-bull-rider-arrested-sacramento-rape/40865473
Many PBR and Rodeo cowboys have similar charges along with theft, animal cruelty, and domestic violence! GMU, why do you allow rapists and wife beaters onto our campus?!
Look at this list of criminals, pedophiles, and creeps employed by PBR and rodeos! https://sharkonline.org/index.php/top-cowboy-criminals-new
Bovines and horses are branded when still babies. The brand is metal, heated until it turns red, which is then applied directly to the flesh burning it. The brand is above 900 °F (460 °C). That’s hotter than your stove, and if you’ve burnt yourself on it you know THAT hurts. This brand is much worse, held there for several seconds, and the young babies are pinned down by several grown men.
Spurs are metal, sharp, and used to kick a horse or bull into the sensitive flank. This is like someone kicking you with a pointed metal object on the waist. Cowboys are given points the more they kick the horse or bull they are on.
Hemorrhages and internal bleeding is common in rodeo animals.
The most common injuries for bucking bulls and broncos (horses) are broken legs, broken backs, broken necks, and severe head trauma. If they are not “euthanized” (shot) in the arena, they are shipped to slaughter, or are killed outside the arena. No matter what, a severe injury always leads to death despite proper veterinary care existing that can easily save these animals from many of these injuries. A broken leg for bovines and horses does not always mean the need to kill them, as the rodeo and horseracing industries wish you to believe. those who care for these animals are able to save them. There are many examples of horses and bovines with loving humans who survived broken limbs, or even an amputation.
But, giving the animals proper medical care and saving their lives is too costly. PBR, like everything that exploits animals, is about making profit. It’s cheaper to shoot the animals or send them to slaughter than to care for them and respect their right to life.
The terror from the loud crowd, blaring music, being shocked, kicked with spurs, and having their penises tied causes bulls and horses to buck so high that they are more likely to become injured. Those thin leg bones taking the blunt of over a ton of weight landing on them repeatedly and in such a fury is not ending well. Bulls and horses also panic so much, are blinded from so much pain, they also will run into the metal gates and arena walls, causing more injuries, including head trauma.
Tasers being used on the animals while in the chutes. To make them buck as much as possible. Tasers and cattle prods (tasers on long sticks) are used to get the animals into pens, trailers, etc. These animals never feel a gentle hand.
This is just the bull and bronco riding abuse of rodeos. Full rodeos do so much more cruelty to the animals. To learn more about rodeo cruelty and bullriding see these organizations:
PBR LIES About Bull’s Death: https://sharkonline.org/index.php/8-animal-cruelty/rodeo-cruelty/2120-pbr-cruelty
Rodeo Vet Speaks Out: https://sharkonline.org/index.php/rodeo-veterinarian-speaks-out
Are Animals Injured?: https://sharkonline.org/index.php/are-animals-injured
Rodeo and PBR Take Government Subsidies That Could Help People!: https://sharkonline.org/index.php/welfare-cowboys
ALDF Statement Concerning Bull Who Broke His Leg at GMU Event: https://aldf.org/article/george-mason-university-students-urge-ban-of-professional-bull-riders-after-video-release/
PBR Bull Escapes and Injures 6 People: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/23/bull-escapes-rodeo-california/9891723002/
Bulls Escapes and Injures People: https://bestlifeonline.com/news-video-shows-terrifying-moment-after-massive-bull-escapes-florida-rodeo-pen-and-jumps-into-crowd/
PBR Bull Gets Loose: https://www.montanasports.com/more-sports/rodeo/2019/04/15/caught-on-camera-pbr-bull-escapes-after-championship-round/
To see images I have taken of PBR at the GMU campus in 2019 and 2021 (2020 skipped due to COVID) please see here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13vnlvpLG8jLkeieTcBOe2XkA-ROO9lCF?usp=sharing
Here are just a FEW videos of bulls being injured during bull riding events.