ANIMAL ABUSE – SYSTEMIC IN RODEOS ACROSS NSW

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ANIMAL ABUSE – SYSTEMIC IN RODEOS ACROSS NSW

EVIDENCE REFERRED TO POLICE FOR INVESTIGATIONS

RECENT VISION OBTAINED AT CESSNOCK AND STROUD RODEOS, WHILE CESSNOCK COUNCIL CONSIDERS BAN, REVEALS BRUTALITY AND TORMENT INFLICTED ON ANIMALS

Violence towards animals is the central theme in rodeos which we have investigated in Finley, Narrandera, Tumberrumba and now Cessnock and Stroud. Clear breaches of the Codes of Practice and Cruelty Act have been documented and forwarded to the Police for investigation.

Terrified animals, including horses, collapsing. Calves being dragged by their legs backwards for metres. Calves strangled by ropes and dragged – all in the name of entertainment! And children being forced to ride agitated, dangerous animals. Completely unacceptable.

It is not hard for anyone with a brain and a heart to understand what is wrong with clotheslining a baby animal, body slamming it to the ground and tying it legs so it cannot move. If this were done to a puppy or kitten, the offender would be charged with crimes and likely jailed.

Incredibly, rodeo people have no problem with committing an act of cruelty and cowardice against a baby cow during calf roping. A roping calf is only three to four months old. After that, they become too heavy for the “macho” cowboys to handle.

Calf-roping on the range bears no resemblance to calf roping at the rodeo. In the rodeo, it is a timed event, and indefensible abuse to the calf is the price paid for a competitive time. On the range, calves are roped carefully, and slowly brought to a halt.

On the range, calves are roped for care, or to protect them from danger. In rodeos, calves are endangered for amusement. This “sport” violently and specifically preys upon baby animals, and then calls itself “family entertainment!”

After having his tail painfully twisted and raked over a fence rail, this calf ran out of the chute at top speed to escape his torment. The calf is roped so violently she becomes airborne before slamming into the ground. This process can break the calf’s neck, back or legs.

PLEASE WRITE TO: The Minister responsible for animal welfare, the Hon. Steve Whan, Parliament House, Macquarie St., Sydney 2000, and ask to ban calf roping in line with Victoria and, recently, South Australia and a ban on the use of electric prodders and steer wrestling and request an investigation into rodeos with reference to how, by their very nature, they could well be in breach of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

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