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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