Doesn’t want to ban something? Can’t be a Green MP then

Trevor Mallard wants Rodeos tidied up, but not banned

The Mataura Rodeo and the Southland Rodeo will be held this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

“Some people think it [rodeo] should be banned,” Mallard said.

“My view is there is things we can do without, that are undoubtedly cruel.”

Mallard listed flank straps, electronic prods, twisting tails and rope burn as ways to distress the animals, which he believed were unnecessary.

If those things were removed, then rodeo would be okay, he said.

However, he was not in favour of banning rodeos, he said.

As he shouldn’t be. ?With the exception of perhaps one or two people who will clearly exit the rodeo circuit or improve their behaviour, rodeos are less stressful for animals than being sent off to the works. ? Read more »


Hi ho the Rodeo!


In Ashburton Wanaka they haven’t been invaded by do-gooder townies with a political green/union/anti-trade agenda and they managed to have an undisturbed Rodeo

Sunshine and a sea of cowboy hats filled the Isuzu Arena in Albert Town on Saturday, as a crowd of about 5000 turned up for the annual Wanaka Rodeo.
A seemingly constant cloud of dust caked many of the spectators, who had set up picnic blankets to watch the competition in the 25degC warmth.

Club president Lyal Cocks said it was the largest crowd he had seen at the event.

??The biggest satisfaction for me is seeing such a large number of people here enjoying themselves.”

If you’ve never been to a Rodeo I can strongly recommend it. ?Especially if you manage to score a spot close to the fence. ?There is something about a bull coming straight for you and all that saves you is just a little bit of steel fencing. ?You can see, smell and experience the thrill very close-up. ? Read more »


Wowsers want you to stop that and ban ban ban some more

What is it this time? ?Rodeos

Photo/ Pete Belt

There are renewed calls to bans rodeos as thousands gear up to watch a New Year’s event in Warkworth.

Animal rights groups claim it’s horrific abuse, but rodeo organisers insist they’re ill-informed.

It’s man versus beast, cowboy against horse ? a tradition that goes back to the 1940s in New Zealand. But animal welfare organisations say it’s cruel.

“Animals will be poked with electric prods,” says Kathleen Lafferty of Direct Animal Action. “They have to wear tight flank straps around their abdomens. The cowboys wear spurs. There are a lot of things that do cause pain and distress.”

Direct Animal Action wants to see an end to it.

“We would like, ideally, the Government to put a total nationwide ban on rodeo.”

It is planning to make its voice heard in Warkworth, north of Auckland, when the rodeo comes to town on New Year’s Day.

At Warkworth in three days’ time, the hillside will be packed with thousands of spectators, but some say it’s not a sport at all, that it’s cruelty for the sake of entertainment. Read more »

If Rodeos are cruel, then so are Cat and Dog shows

Photo/ Pete Belt

Will the wowsers just lay off already?

The country’s top animal welfare organisations have joined forces to call for a ban on rodeos.

The SPCA, SAFE and Farmwatch say the sport is both unethical and inherently cruel.

They claim animals are wrestled, roped and thrown to the ground in aggressive displays that cause painful injuries including fractures and severe stress and fear for the animals.

Two bulls died at rodeos during the 2014/2015 season, the SPCA says.

“Rodeos are inhumane and are not in the best interests of the animals,” says SPCA New Zealand chief executive Ric Odom. ? Read more »

Mark Mitchell isn’t afraid of a bit of bull

Mark Mitchell, the MP for Rodney isn’t anything like Lockwood Smith when it comes to sports.

Where Lockwood like to wear budgie smugglers and swim at the beach, Mark is into chaps and bulls and the arena of the Rodeo…

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