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This summer stand with the animals

In New Zealand, when we think of the great Kiwi summer, we think of getting outdoors, swimming in the ocean, and spending time with loved ones in the endless sunshine.

However this year, like many other years, some families will be heading to the rodeo. Can you believe this still exists in New Zealand?

Before the last election, more than 64,000 people told our Government they wanted a complete ban on rodeo. Before they were elected, Labour promised to ban some of the cruellest aspects of rodeo, but they have failed to keep their promise.

Rodeo is a brutal form of entertainment that inflicts terror upon innocent animals. Their bodies suffer horrific injuries such as broken necks, haemorrhaging, dislocations and organ damage. Some of them die as a result – all so that a small group of people can ‘play cowboy.’

No one should die, terrified, while the crowds cheer on. How we treat our animals is a reflection of who we are as a society – and New Zealanders are better than this.

Stop the abuse of baby animals in rodeo events

The use of calves is one of the cruellest aspects of rodeo.

In calf roping or ‘rope and tie’, calves as young as three months old are chased at high speed, dragged to a sudden stop with a choking rope around the neck and thrown to the ground. This is a horrific experience causing stress, fear and pain.

Calf riding is an event where these baby animals are ridden by children. An irritating flank strap, which makes them buck, is wrenched tight around their hindquarters before they are forced into the ring.

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), who advises the Government on animal welfare issues and policy, has repeatedly spoken out against the use of calves in rodeo, most recently in its 2018 Rodeo 5 Domains Workshop Report.

Together we can end this cruelty in New Zealand.

Use your voice to share your concerns about rodeo.

Take action

Email National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) asking it to modify the Rodeo Code of Welfare to prohibit the use of calves under 12 months old in rodeo.

Writing tips

  • Rodeos subject animals to fear, stress, risk of injury and death – all for the sake of ‘entertainment.’
  • Young calves are especially at risk when forced into roping and riding events at rodeos.
  • NAWAC itself has expressed “serious concerns” that calf roping has “substantial negative impacts” on the baby animals being used.
  • Both the Labour Party and the Green Party made pre-election pledges to stop calves from being used in the rodeo.
  • Calf roping has already been banned in Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory on animal welfare grounds. It is time for New Zealand to stop the abuse of these baby animals.
  • It is already recommended best practice in the Rodeo Code of Welfare to not use calves in rodeo events.
  • Ask that the Rodeo Code of Welfare be modified to prohibit the use of calves in roping and riding events.

Ban Calves in Rodeo

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