‘The Longest Ride’ Premiere to Draw Protest Over Rodeo Cruelty

PETA's Point: There's Nothing Romantic About Tormenting Bulls

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2015

Contact:
Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Holding signs that proclaim, “Real Men Don’t Hurt Animals,” PETA members will converge outside the TCL Chinese Theatre at the Monday premiere of The Longest Ride, which is set to include a live promotional rodeo.

Where:           Outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. (near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and N. Orange Drive), Los Angeles

When:             Monday, April 6, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

“Nicholas Sparks should stick to long-lost lovers kissing in the rain, because there’s nothing romantic about violence to animals,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “The rodeo is a disgusting show in which pathetic people bully terrified animals who are simply trying to escape their abusers.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—will inform passersby that rodeo employees use electric prods, sharp sticks, and painfully tight “bucking” straps to torment bulls into action. Common injuries to the animals include broken bones, huge bruises, and massive internal bleeding. Bulls who are severely injured are sent to slaughter.

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