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Source: SAFE NZ
New footage from this year’s Winchester and Methven rodeos was published by the Independent yesterday. The footage shows bulls strapped with irritating flank straps bucking wildly, and calves lassoed by so-called ‘cowboys’ on horseback, then thrown to the ground, before being tied by their legs.
The article links the meat, dairy and wool products that the British buy from New Zealand to the same farmers who bully and abuse animals in rodeo events.
SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said the UK is now aware that New Zealand still allows these cruel practices to continue, and what they as consumers are supporting by purchasing these products.
“We know that rodeo events inflict fear, panic and pain on animals. Rodeo is animal cruelty. It’s not who we are as a nation, and it’s now become a risk to our reputation.”
While rodeo organisers are marketing the events as ‘family-friendly,’ many are actively seeking a ban, as rodeo events promote bullying and glorify violence.
In 2017, the Labour Party promised to ban the use of calves under 12 months of age, bucking straps, electric prods and rope burning at rodeo events.
“The Labour Party have an overwhelming mandate to move forward on their promises, including this one. We have a new cabinet now, and the reinstatement of the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, Meka Whaitiri.”
“With our British cousins watching closely, it’s time for the new Labour Government to act.”
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– Footage from the 2020 Winchester and Methven rodeo.
– Hi-res photos of rodeo cruelty.
– Before the last election, Labour promised to end the use of calves under 12 months of age, bucking straps (also known as flank straps), electric prods and rope burning at rodeo events.
– More than half (59%) of the respondents in the Horizon Research survey said they would support a ban on using animals in rodeos in New Zealand.
– Two bulls were killed at ‘Mad Bull’ rodeo events in November and December 2019. The first bull was killed after his back was injured, and the second after his leg was caught in a pen. Last year was the Mad Bull Rodeo Club’s first season. No investigation was made into the new club following these deaths.