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According to reporting in the Independent, a New Zealand rodeo has been called out for animal abuse. Bulls, calves and horses have been subjected to violence at rodeo events.
Anti Rodeo Action NZ found that secret footage shows cowboys using ropes to harm animals, twisting animal tails and pulling their ears, using ropes to throttle calves. Many animals are forced into a chute before action. “Some have gone down in the chute as they are fearful, others refuse to get into the chutes,” Lynn Charlton, of the action group, told the Independent.
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Charlton described the scene at rodeos, “Bulls are ridden and spurred in the flank; they are wrapped with an extremely tight rope. Excessive saliva pours from their open mouths. Some cry out. Their necks elongate frighteningly. Some get their heads trapped beneath their necks, preventing breathing while inhaling dust and dirt. Some defecate in fear. People pull the legs out behind steers while someone else pulls the steer’s head in another direction. Some collapse to the ground.”
To learn more about why calf roping is bad, and how animals are treated at rodeos, check out these articles:
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- This Photo Completely Captures the Ridiculous Nature of Rodeos
- Alameda County Bans Sheep Riding and Abolishes Cruel Rodeo Event!
- 2 Bulls Died in 1 Day at This Cruel Rodeo
- End Bear Bile Trade and Cancel Cruel Rodeo Events: 10 Petitions You Should Sign This Week to Help Animals
You can also sign this petition to demand an end to cruel calf-roping rodeo events!
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