Write a polite email to the Prime Minister about why you want an end to rodeo.
Key points you can make:
Rodeo animals are forced to perform in the arena, where they are subjected to stress and fear.
Calf roping involves cowboys chasing, roping and throwing to the ground a vulnerable young animal, while in calf riding events, the calf is forced to buck with a tight, irritating flank strap around the hindquarters. The Government’s advisors NAWAC advise that calves are not used in rodeo events.
The manner in which many rodeo animals are handled is not consistent with what is considered good animal handling. The latter prioritises keeping animals calm and making things as stress-free as possible for them.
The Labour Party made a pre-election commitment to ban the use of animals under three months (calves), flank straps, electric prods, tail twisting and rope burning. It’s time for them to honour that promise.
In October 2018, the animal welfare committee NAWAC submitted a review of certain rodeo practices, in which they concluded that rope and tie and steer wrestling events have “substantial negative impacts” for the animals, yet didn’t recommend banning them.
No animals should suffer for profit or entertainment.
Because of the cruelty involved in rodeo, many of these events have been banned in parts of Europe, Australia, the USA, and the UK.
New Zealand is falling behind and putting our international reputation at risk.