30,000 people say ban rodeo cruelty
New Zealanders have spoken, they want a ban on rodeo! So far more than 30,000 people (over 7,500 offline) have signed the petition from SAFE, SPCA New Zealand and Farmwatch calling for rodeo cruelty to end.
The news comes on the eve of the New Zealand rodeo season, which begins Saturday 24 October in Winchester, South Canterbury. The animal welfare organisations joined forces several weeks ago, launching an offline and online petition at change.org.
At rodeos animals are routinely kicked, slapped, grabbed, chased, given electric shocks, wrestled, and roped. As a result of these actions animals can suffer painful injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, and bruising, as well as experiencing severe stress and fear. Horses and bulls are forced to buck, and young calves are roped and thrown to the ground.
A total of 41 rodeos will be held in New Zealand between now and March 2016. During that time hundreds of animals will be subjected to needless pain and suffering in rodeos.
The feedback SAFE has received from our petition so far has been overwhelmingly supportive. People are horrified that this violent abuse is still allowed to go on.
Two bulls died at rodeos during the last New Zealand season. Late last year the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) stated that they continue to have reservations about the performance of rodeos.