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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • No animals should suffer for profit or entertainment.
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  • Because of the cruelty involved in rodeo, many of these events have been banned in parts of Europe, Australia, the USA, and the UK.
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  • New Zealand is falling behind and putting our international reputation at risk.
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  • I ask you to urgently take action to end rodeo.
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