Ban Rodeo Cruelty
On Thursday 29th October, SAFE organised a vigil outside parliament to call for a total ban on rodeo, as part of our wider campaign with the SPCA and Farmwatch.
The vigil was held on behalf of two bulls that died in rodeo events last year and all animals that will suffer stress and fear this season. In attendance were representatives of SAFE, the SPCA and Farmwatch, as well as Green Party MP Mojo Mathers and a wide range of supporters that showed up to take a stand for animals.
In rodeo events, 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 are roped and thrown to the ground.
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.
Rodeo is a total contradiction of the requirements of the Act and it is only logical and right that it comes to an end.
Condemned by vets, welfare experts and animal protection organisations worldwide, rodeo is partially banned in Britain, other parts of Europe and areas of the United States and Australia. In New Zealand, rodeo is banned from Auckland Council land and SAFE says it is time the rest of New Zealand followed suit.
Thank you to everyone that turned out in the rain to take part in the vigil outside parliament, and to the 30,000 compassionate New Zealanders that have already signed a petition calling for a permanent end to rodeo cruelty.
5 November 2015