Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.

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.

Source: SAFE for Animals New Zealand/Youtube

The violence against the animals includes electric shocks, slamming animals on their backs, and tying their legs together. Animal rights campaigners are against these actions. In some cases, animals’ backs, legs, and necks have been broken.

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.

See more on Facebook:

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:

You can also sign this petition to demand an end to cruel calf-roping rodeo events!

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!