“Based upon my extensive experience with large animals, I have come to the conclusion that rodeo events are inherently inhumane.
It is impossible to create a humane rodeo.”
Peggy Larson, former rodeo rider, vet and farmer
Every summer, countless animals are subjected to fear, stress, risk of injury and death – all for the sake of ‘entertainment.’ Many New Zealanders are unaware that close to 34 rodeo events occur every summer across the country.
Rodeos are condemned both in New Zealand and internationally by veterinarians, animal welfare agencies and ex-rodeo riders. A number of countries have banned the practice, and specific events such as calf roping and steer wrestling are outlawed on the grounds that they are cruel.
The animals are stressed and frightened, unaware that it’s ‘just for entertainment.’ Animals can sustain injuries such as torn ligaments, broken bones, bruising and internal damage. In some cases, these injuries are so severe the animals die or are killed on site. Three horses and one bull were killed during the 2018/2019 rodeo season. There are no public records on the number of animals killed and injured in rodeo training sessions.