Sheryl Crow at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Events, People
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Photo: PRphotos

Sheryl Crow has announced that some of the proceeds from her July 22 concert will be donated to the Cloud Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of wild horses. This has drawn both applause and criticism for the award-winning singer.

The concert is part of a summer tour in which Ms. Crow is opening for Kid Rock. But this particular show is being held at Cheyenne Frontier Days, a rodeo event that has drawn criticism from animal rights and welfare organizations for its treatment of animals. Horses and other animals have been severely injured or killed at the event.

Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Cloud Foundation was quoted in the Huffington Post calling Sheryl a “true champion for wild horses” and adding that she “has adopted a wild horse and contributed time and money to the cause of keeping them on public lands.” Crow herself has said “There’s legislation going on right now about exterminating these great wild mustangs… [They’re] truly one of the great representatives of our native culture here in America. Wild mustangs are really true to the heritage of this country; they help us to remember who we were… [and] the government is trying to have them run off cliffs and things.”

Now, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), a non-profit charity opposing animal abuse, is asking that the Cloud Foundation reject the donating being offered in protest of the rodeo’s cruelty to horses. A spokesman from SHARK says “How can an organization dedicated to helping wild horses take blood money that was based, in part, on abusing wild horses? We believe what Ms. Crow is doing is nothing but PR spin.”

In a statement on her website, Ms. Crow acknowledged the opinions of those opposing the rodeo and gave an explanation for the donation: “I am aware of the contrasting and very passionate opinions that people have about this event, and rodeos in general. In recognition of these differences, and out of my love for wild horses, a portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to The Cloud Foundation http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/, an organization dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.”

Rodeos have a long history of questionable (at best) treatment of animals, and fatal injuries to both animal and human participants. They have drawn opposition from animal rights groups for many years.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • SquidNunc

    Umm, feral horses, including mustangs are non-native species that were introduced first by Spanish explorers and then later by other colonial powers. They’re most certainly not “one of the great representatives of our native culture here in America”.

  • Rat King

    Message to all animal friends: please go to PTROA website and sign the petition against cat and dog killing in China! It’s urgent in order that the Chinese government shall finally react! These defenseless dogs and cats need you! Thank you for signing!

  • stephanie

    AH….so it’s blood money to clear her own conscience.Well, only a small portion of blood money…

    Eff her.

  • Bob

    I love rats and think they are very important to the heritage of this country. Now everybody must STOP killing rats to please me!!!

  • Catty_Wampy

    Horses evolved in North America and then spread throughout Europe and Asia. They are, in fact, native. Recent DNA testing proves this. There are very few horses left on the ranges. For every horse, there is at least 100 cattle.
    Sheryl Crow has done the right thing. She made a contribution that will allow the Cloud Foundation to continue its fight not just for the horses but to prevent corporate control on OUR federal ranges.
    The real question is ask is why do the mining and cattle industries want these horses gone?
    I support Sheryl Crow in this.
    Thanks for posting this article.

  • Rachel

    If the Sun J’s (contractor) averages hold, then more horses will die in this one roundup than will die in rodeos over the course of the entire year. Would SHARK recommend that nothing be done to try to save these horses, and that Ms. Crow should keep her money to spend on frivilous persuits rather than try to help them because SHARK disagrees with one event that Ms. Crow plays at? SHARK can try to muddy the water with as much blood as they can, but Sheryl Crow is helping the wild horses by supporting an organization that is close to her heart. There is no shame in that what-so-ever.

  • sabita patwardhan

    Horrifying what the human animal is. No animal was created for us to humiliate or hurt.
    These are greedy shitty bastards. Cook the trash alive and they’ll know what pain is.

  • LittleMe

    Ah, so it’s perfectly okay to support something as cruel as a rodeo event if you give some cash to a horse charity. I’ll bear that in mind next time I see someone kick their dog. I’ll let the abuser know all is forgiven provided he/she donates something to a local shelter every time they decide to hurt their animal.