Organisations Join Up To Call For An End To Rodeo
Some good news for animals and some bad news for animal abusers! SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch have joined forces in a coalition calling for a total ban on rodeo, which is both unethical and inherently cruel. Compassionate Kiwis can show their opposition by signing the petition at change.org to end rodeo cruelty for good.
In a rodeo animals are routinely grabbed, chased, wrestled and roped in aggressive displays and can sustain painful injuries such as fractures and bruising, as well as suffering severe stress and fear. Horses and bulls are forced to buck, and young calves roped and thrown to the ground. Two bulls died at rodeos during the 2014/2015 season.
Late last year the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) stated that they continue to have reservations about the performance of rodeos. The Animal Welfare Act requires that animals are not subjected to unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. Causing animals to suffer for entertainment is both unreasonable and unnecessary. Rodeos are in total contradiction to the requirements of our law. It is only logical and right that rodeos come to an end.
The petition to the government comes after new footage from New Zealand rodeos showed terrified animals suffering additional fear and distress after being prodded, slapped in the face, having their tail twisted, and collapsing from extreme stress.
Condemned by vets, welfare experts and animal protection organisations worldwide, rodeos are partially banned in Britain, other parts of Europe and areas of the US and Australia. Other countries prohibit certain events such as calf roping. In New Zealand rodeos are banned from Auckland Council land and SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch say it is time the rest of New Zealand followed suit.
27 July 2015