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Animal Rights Activist Arrested for Video Recording Rodeo from Stands

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An animal rights activist was arrested Saturday for video recording from the stands of an Oregon rodeo, the same day rodeo officials hung up a makeshift sign banning video recording.

Prior to that, video recording was permitted from the stands of the Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, according to Steve Hindi, founder of the animal rights activist group, SHARK, which stands for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.

In fact, the SHARK volunteer arrested, Adam Fahnestock, was allowed to video record from the stands on Friday, where he recorded a roping that left a steer with a broken leg.

“On Friday, they allowed him to film, but they harassed him, ” Hindi said in a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Monday.

“On Saturday, they arrested him.”

Fahnestock was charged with disorderly conduct and released on Sunday after Hindi bailed him out. The footage was not deleted and Hindi said they will eventually edit it and post it online.

Lat year, Fahnestock recorded a video from the rodeo that prompted legislative action.

According to KTVB:

SHARK captured video at the 2012 Jordan Valley Big Loop the group believes shows animal cruelty. The images have caused controversy, and because of that, rodeo representatives chose not to allow cameras inside the arena anymore.

Oregon Senator Mark Hass is a Democrat out of Beaverton. Hass says he was inspired by SHARK’s video to introduce Senate Bill 835 that would put an end to the horse roping event.

The bill’s supporters call the rodeo event “horse tripping” and say it’s cruel. Opponents say horse-roping is a standard practice in animal husbandry.

The event is timed, and as cowboys ride out of the gates one lassoes the horse’s neck while other lassoes the horse’s two front legs. According to the event’s website, the event ends when the animal is secured, “when stock is roped and both horses face stock in line with ropes dallied tight.”

Senate 835 has passed in the Senate and is on its way to the House. If this legislation passes into Oregon law, it would mean that roping a horse by the legs would be illegal for entertainment, but veterinarians and ranchers would still be able to do it.

Rodeo officials also threatened to arrest Hindi on Sunday after he had entered the rodeo grounds with his camera, even though he was only taking still photos.

“They said my camera has the capability to shoot video, but so does everyone else who carries a cell phone,” he said.

In fact, he photographed a man in the stands with a camera that appears to have video recording capability, but he wasn’t harassed.

 

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Malheur County sheriff deputies, some who are members of the rodeo board, demanded Hindi’s identification, which he refused to provide. He was then kicked out and drove off, with a pair of deputies following him for miles.

They pulled him over about ten miles away, informing him that it because he had refused to provide identification back on the rodeo grounds. He also got that exchange on video, noting that both deputies had removed their name tags.

He said he will eventually post that video with his usual narration, which you can hear below in the 2012 video that prompted legislative action. He also is still in a remote area of Oregon with a horrible internet connection.

 

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.