RODEO PROTEST – Saturday October 15th, 3pm – 6pm
Location: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana
Event details on Facebook also –
The Sunshine Coast region is renowned the world over for its natural beauty and friendly people. Unfortunately, it also becoming tagged as a region that allows a form of “family fun entertainment” that has been banned in other countries including New Zealand.
It is shameful that Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles are putting their much respected name to such a horrendously cruel event. http://www.sunshineseaeagles.com.au
People are now much more informed on what goes on behind the scenes with rodeos and are moving away from using animals as a form of entertainment. The evidence of spurs causing horrific injuries to rodeo animals is sickening. www.alv.org.au/issues/stoprodeo.php
To take children along to these events is to teach them that is OK to treat animals as “things” to be tortured for our amusement. The RSPCA opposses all forms of rodeos.
Rodeo promoters argue that they must treat their animals well to keep them healthy and usable. A statement from a former steer roper comes closer to the truth: “I keep 30 head of cattle for practice. You can cripple 3 or 4 in an afternoon”. (see alv link for details)
Dr C G Haber, a vet who also worked as a meat inspector, saw many discarded rodeo animals. He described them as so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached to the flesh were the head, neck, legs and belly. He saw animals with 6-8 broken ribs, sometimes puncturing the lungs, and as much as 2-3 gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin.
Please contact The Sea Eagles and the Sunshine Coast Council and the rodeo’s sponsors to express your disgust at this money making torture – rodeos make a lot of money for tour promoters contracted to these events and the only concern they have is the lining of their pockets.