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Worcester Bullriding Protest Tomorrow! (Sunday)

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Saturday, May 2, 2009 9:05 AM
Worcester Bullriding Protest Tomorrow!

WHAT: Protest the "Worcester Classic" Professional Bull Riders
Competition.

WHEN: Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00-2:15pm (show starts at 2:00). Dinner
afterward at the fabulous vegan restaurant Buddha Hut.

WHERE: Worcester DCU (former Centrum) 50 Foster Street. Meet in
front of lobby, main entrance. There are still rides available!

RSVP/INFO: To RSVP yes, email us at rayshick@... or just answer
this email. (Demo is weather permitting only. Check for postponement
email or call[masked] on morning of protest.) Signs, literature
provided. We will be eating out at the fabulous vegan restaurant
Buddha Hut after the demo and all are welcome to join us!

WHY: These poor, naturally passive animals are tortured with
electric shocks, bucking straps, skin irritants, sticks and more to
become what the DCU Center calls: "the most ferocious bucking bulls".

Typically it is bulls who receive the worst abuse from electric
shocking in rodeos. Cows are particularly sensitive to electricity,
and rodeo animal abusers use that to their advantage to make calm,
docile bulls appear to be wild killers. The shocking device is an
easily concealed device. Although small, the electric prod delivers
5,000 volts of extreme pain. Rodeo animal abusers often shock their
victims repeatedly before releasing them, driving them wild with
torment. The flank or "bucking" strap is tightly cinched around
their abdomens, where it pinches the groin and genitals, causing
pain, which makes the animals buck. In addition, tacks are sometimes
slipped under the bucking straps. Common injuries to the bulls
include broken bones, huge bruises, and massive internal bleeding. A
bull being ridden at the Calgary Stampede kicked so high that his
leg became wedged in the chute gate. His leg was completely
fractured above his fetlock, exposing the bone, and he had to be
euthanized. Severely injured bulls are sent to slaughter and easily
replaced. In an account published in the Buffalo News, upstate
resident Valerie Will reported, "I stood nearby as rodeo folk walked
among the calm bulls. As show time neared, they tried to get one of
the bulls into the area near the chute. The bull resisted,
scrunching into the corner. His eyes teared, his nose ran and the
bull urinated and defecated. He rotated his head as if searching for
a way out. His eyes rolled."

It is amazing to us that this occurs in MA and that there are so
many MA cowboys and girls. Please help us say this event does not
belong in MA.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING TO WORCESTER DCU CENTER (FORMERLY THE CENTRUM):

DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608. This is a fairly
big arena so you must find the main box office and other Foster
Street entrances. Foster is perpendicular to Worcester Center
Boulevard.

From the North:
Sterling; Leominster; and Fitchburg:
Take Rt. 12 S. to Rt. 190 S. to Rt. 290 W. Get off at Exit 18.
Follow signs to the DCU Center.

Nashua, NH and Manchester, NH:
Take Rt. 3 S. to Rt. 495 S. to Rt. 290 W. Get off at Exit 18. Follow
signs to the DCU Center.

From the Northeast:
Marlborough; Lowell; Lawrence; Haverhill; and Portsmouth, NH:
Take Rt. 495 S. Get off at Exit 25B. Take Rt. 290 W. Get off at Exit
18. Follow signs to the DCU Center.

Lincoln; Salem; and Concord:
Take Rt. 95 S (Rt. 128 S) to I- 90 W (the Mass Turnpike West) to Rt.
495 N. Get off at Exit 25B. Take Rt. 290 W. Get off at Exit 18.
Follow signs to the DCU Center.

From the East:
Wellesley; Newton; Cambridge; and Boston:
Take I-90W (Mass Turnpike West) to Rt. 495-N to Rt. 290-W. Get off
at Exit 18. Follow signs to the DCU Center.

Framingham; Natick; Westborough; and Shrewsbury:
Take Rt. 9 W all the way into Worcester. When you get to the
Worcester line, "White City Shopping Center" will be on the left.
Stay on Rt. 9 and proceed to your 8th set of lights. Take a left
onto Worcester Center Blvd. At the 4th set of lights, the DCU Center
is on your right.

From the Southeast:
Uxbridge; Woonsocket, RI; Pawtucket, RI; Providence, RI; and
Warwick, RI: Take Rt. 146 N to Rt. 290 E. Get off at Exit 16. Take a
left at the end of the ramp. At the 3rd set of lights (Worcester
Center Blvd.), the DCU Center is on your left.

Taunton; Attleboro; and Foxboro:
Take Rt. 495-N to Rt. 290-W. Get off at Exit 18. Follow signs to the
DCU Center.

Falmouth, Hyannis, Provincetown:
Take Rt. 6 W to Rt. 28 S towards Providence, merge onto Rt. 25 W and
stay straight onto Rt. 495 N to Rt. 290-W. Get off at Exit 18.
Follow signs to the DCU Center.

Norwood, Brockton; and Quincy:
Take Rt. 95 N (Rt. 128 N) to I-90 W (the Mass Turnpike West) to Rt.
495 N to Rt. 290-W. Get off at Exit 18. Follow signs to the DCU
Center.

From the South:
Webster; Putman, CT; Plainfield, CT; Norwich, CT; and New London, CT:
Take Rt. 395 N. to Rt. 290 E. Get off at Exit 16. Take a left at the
end of the ramp. At the 3rd set of lights (Worcester Center Blvd.),
the DCU Center is on your left.

From the Southwest:
Sturbridge; Southbridge; Harford, CT; and New York, NY:
Take I-90 E. (the Mass Turnpike East) to Exit 10 (Auburn). After the
tollbooth, bear left at the fork. Take Rt. 290 E. Get off at Exit
16. Take a left at the bottom of the ramp (there is a light). At the
3rd set of lights (Worcester Center Blvd.), the DCU Center is on
your left.

From the West:
Brookfield; Amherst; Holyoke; Springfield; and Chicopee:
Take I-90 E. (the Mass Turnpike East) to Exit 10 (Auburn). After the
tollbooth, bear left at the fork. Take Rt. 290 E. Get off at Exit
16. Take a left at the bottom of the ramp (there is a light). At the
3rd set of lights (Worcester Center Blvd.), the DCU Center is on
your left.

From the Northwest:
Barre; Athol; Orange; Greenfield; and Brattleboro, VT:
Take Rt. 122 S., remaining on until you reach Worcester. Rt. 122 S
becomes Pleasant Street. Stay straight Pleasant Street. Tun left
onto Main Street. Turn left Central Street. Follow Central Street
until you reach the DCU Center.

By Public Transportation:

For commuter rail fares and schedules to and from Worcester, please
visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) at 617-
[masked] or at www.mbta.com

PARKING: Parking on the street in the area around the DCU Center
(formerly called The Centrum) is usually easy and is free after 5
and on Saturdays and Sundays. The Outlet Mall Parking Garage is
located across the street from the main entrance of the DCU. It is
very low cost--about 4 bucks. It is on the corner of Foster and Main
Street. Additional parking can be found at area lots and garages
near the facility.


 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 
-- Margaret Mead



"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."
-- Albert Einstein



      

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