Alstonville rodeo the target of activists

Activists are planning to protest at the Alstonville Rodeo. (file pic)

Animal activists are planning to hold a peaceful protest at the Alstonville Rodeo on Saturday in an effort to ‘educate the public on the cruelty that is inherent in the industry’.

Rainbow Animal Rights Activists Nicole Tuhou said rodeos were cruel spectator sports that should have no place in a civilised society.

‘They are banned in the UK and parts of the US and Europe. These events are heavily opposed by all Animal Rights organisations,’ she said.

‘At this event there will be bull and bronc riding, where the usually gentle calm animals are thrust into an arena full of lights and noise, purposefully agitated by what is known as a “flank strap” tied tightly around their sensitive organs, sharp metal spurs dug into their sides as to inflict pain and discomfort, this causes them to buck.

‘Many of these innocent animals have been injured during these events and have had to be euthanised as a result. The most recent fatality was a bull in the Adelaide Rodeo late last year who broke his hind leg.

‘There will also be calf roping. This event involves scaring a small calf out in to the arena, whilst being chased by a rider on horseback, who lassoes a rope around the terrified calf’s neck, then drags him to the ground, tying his legs together.

‘Steer wrestling is also happening at this event. This is where a horse mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then brutally wrestles the steer to the ground, by holding his horns and throwing him off balance.

‘These are to name just a few of the inhumane events that will take place at this rodeo.

‘We hope that by standing out the front of this rodeo, peacefully protesting, we will encourage the public to see what these events really are, just a cruel form of exploitation.

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13 responses to “Alstonville rodeo the target of activists”

  1. Peter Hatfield says:

    Are these the same “activists” who harassed the staff of the petting zoo at Ballina Fair over the school holidays?

  2. cristina says:

    I have no idea about what happened at Ballina Fair and that is not what this article is about. However, after reading the details of events planned I consider them cruel and unnecessary. Those activities are not entertaining, they are distressing and cruel.

    • Peter Hatfield says:

      The principle is the same. People for whom animals are their livelihood or are an important part of their recreation do not normally treat them cruelly, and they should not be subject to harassment from people who do not care for their business or sport. The NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act provides a clear outline of community standards about the way we treat animals and what the people of NSW consider is cruel. If you believe anything done at Alstonvillle is in breach of that Act you can and should report them to the RSPCA or the police, and leave others to enjoy their sport.

      • Eric Mills says:

        Dear Mr. Hatfield – Rodeo is INHERENTLY cruel. Imagine the public outcry were the rodeo cowboys to rope a running dog, slam him to the ground and tie his legs, only often to be dragged by the neck by the over-trained horses. We wouldn’t stand for it, and rightly so. What’s the difference, pray?

        Consider this quote from world-renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Temple Grandin (University of Colorado, USA):

        “In assessing criteria for suffering, psychological stress–which is fear stress–should be considered as important as suffering induced by pain.”

        All rodeo animals are “prey” animals. As sch, they fear for their very lives when roped, ridden, wrestled, chased, jumped on, dragged or otherwise handled roughly.

        A truly compassionate and humane society would not allow this abuse and exploitation. It needs to stop. Now. The animals (and we) deserve far better.

  3. S.T. Francis says:

    Australia, the backward country. Animal cruelty is everywhere–in the abattoirs, greyhound racing, destruction of our wildlife habitat, caged hens, rodeos, etc. etc. And the vile Live Export Trade–unimaginable suffering for the animals. Bad Karma for the country.

  4. Jon says:

    Let people have their fun. Animals would never have survived the ice ages if they hadn’t been of service to man.

    • Ange says:

      “Let people have their fun. Animals would never have survived the ice ages if they hadn’t been of service to man.” Let people have their fun at the expense of creatures who want to live out their days in peace? Let people have their fun at the expense of the most vulnerable creatures on this earth, who don’t have a voice to object to this cruel and unnecessary treatment? Given your wish for people to have their fun, pedophiles are having fun … how does that sit with you? Your reply is thoughtless.

      I would argue that humans wouldn’t have made it this far if it were not for animals.

  5. Nicole Aroha says:

    How anyone can watch a rodeo, see a bull bucking, a calf being strangled or a steer wrestled to the ground and think it is NOT cruelty is beyond me and makes me very worried about peoples standards when it comes to caring for animals. Thank you to all the wonderful people who will be there on Saturday making a stand against the cruelty. Australia needs to follow Europe and many places in the US and UK who have already banned these horrid sports.

  6. Donna says:

    Great information. I support the banning of Rodeos in Australia! I will not support them and would happily participate in a peaceful rally against it.

  7. I look forward to the day (hopefully soon) that rodeos are banned in Australia too. There are plenty of ways to have fun and be entertained without torturing our fellow sentient beings. Animals deserve to be nurtured and have rights to a healthy and peaceful life just like we do. I cannot be at the rally due to work commitments but will work silently during that time as a way of support and respect to these poor animals that have to endure this suffering.

  8. Eric Mills says:

    Rodeo is a macho exercise in DOMINATION — not unlike the horrific stories about the sexual harassment of women now dominating the news.

    Most of rodeo is bogus from the git-go. REAL working cowboys never routinely rode bulls, or wrestled steers, or rode bareback, or practiced calf roping as a timed event (babies!). Nor did they put flank straps on the animals or work them over with painful “hotshots” in the bucking chutes…Some “sport”! Animal injuries and deaths are commonplace in the rodeo arena. For all the animals–horses and bulls included–rodeo is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. And all in the name of “entertainment,” may God forgive us. Even Pope Francis is an outspoken critic.

    These cruelties should be outlawed worldwide, and legislation is in order.

    In the interim, BOYCOTT ALL RODEOS.

  9. Nancy Spungeon says:

    Anyone can see the pain and fear on the animals faces in a rodeo. Come on Australia, we can do better than this.

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