Rodeo decision disappoints

The Government announced today that no action will be taken to ban rodeo following a 62,000-strong petition from New Zealanders, a big disappointment both for animals and the public, who have made it clear that they want rodeo banned. A committee has reported on the petition, deciding to continue to allow rodeos. 

In addition to the petition, a poll supplied to the committee tasked with making the decision, found that more than half (59%) of the respondents supported a ban on using animals in rodeos in New Zealand. Just 25% of respondents opposed a ban.

“Animals in rodeo are simply terrified. This cannot be overstated. For the committee to ignore all the evidence of cruelty to animals—and the wishes of the majority of the public—is deplorable,” says head of campaigns Mandy Carter. “Rodeo is enjoyed by a small minority. Why should their desire override the wishes of the majority of caring Kiwis? Rodeo is an absolute embarrassment to New Zealand.”

In July 2015 SAFE, Farmwatch and SPCA New Zealand joined forces to form a coalition calling for a ban on rodeo, saying it is both unethical and inherently cruel, and that it breaks New Zealand law that says animals must not be subjected to unnecessary pain or distress.

Footage shot around New Zealand showed terrified animals suffering fear and distress after being prodded, slapped in the face, having their tail twisted, and collapsing from extreme stress.

SAFE vows to continue the campaign to end rodeo.


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7 November 2016