Category Archives: Stop Rodeos

AJP newsletter excerpt QLD

Hopping Around Australia
Information about AJP activities from the states and territories that wish to contribute to this newsletter

Queensland by Sylvia Cooper
The AJP received 1.07% of the senate vote in Queensland at last year’s federal election, coming 8th out of 36 parties on its first,
very short and barely funded election campaign. A very encouraging start that suggests running in Queensland state and local
elections may prove worthwhile and would certainly keep the AJP in the spotlight.
However, to register for Queensland elections the party would need 400 extra Queensland voters to become members. Solution –
if each current Queensland member was to sign up four new members this year, the AJP would actually be able to run in the
Queensland state election scheduled for early next year! Given the current Newman government’s appalling disinterest in animal
wellbeing and its unpopularity, there is no better time to promote the AJP to fellow Queenslanders whenever an opportunity
arises. This is an achievable goal for each and every Queensland AJP member to work towards, and in doing so move us closer to
giving animals a voice at all levels of Australian government.



Judges ‘tougher’ on cruelty cases

Jaylene Musgrave and Tracy-Lynne Geysen

PEOPLE guilty of animal cruelty should no longer expect to get off lightly when they face a judge, an animal rights lawyer has warned.

Tracey-Lynne Geysen said animal cruelty cases were being taken more seriously by the courts, resulting in more substantial sentences for offenders.

That was due, in part, to the efforts of Bleats – Brisbane Lawyers Educating and Advocating for Tougher Sentences for animal cruelty cases.

The organisation comprises 300 lawyers, barristers and QCs who give their time and expertise freely to the RSPCA, to prosecute cruelty cases.

Ms Geysen, who co-founded the group and helps manage its case load, said it started with the brief to stop cruelty to animals, and since then has been credited with improving the legal clout behind RSPCA prosecutions as well as boosting community awareness.

She spoke for the first time with Coast supporters at a function at Mooloolaba Beach Park yesterday.

Ms Geysen said the RSPCA had a legal budget of about $50,000 annually, but Bleats had helped with legal representation valued at about $1.9 million since its formation in 2007.

Animal rights campaigner Jaylene Musgrave, who helped organise Ms Geysen’s visit, said anyone “walking out of court laughing their heads off” after receiving small fines, needed to be aware of the growing community sentiment against animal cruelty.

“We’ve got to show them that this is the next step in society, to show them it’s not acceptable,” she said.

Few Protesters Willing to Face Risks

This article was recently in the Sunshine Coast Daily after a protest organised by Vegan Warriors against Bull Riding at a local sporting (Sea Eagles) complex.  Animals aren’t here for our entertainment and to endure unnatural performances.  Clubs and councils need to realize that this is not family-friendly entertainment.  It is cruel and senseless in a modern day world.  Even Barcelona in Spain has recently ended Bull Fighting.  When will Australia wake up and leave these poor animals alone.

The Gold Coast Mayor has recently indicated that he is keen to bring an end to Rodeos in the Gold Coast area and he has already banned animal circuses.  When will the Sunshine Coast and other councils move away from these primitive forms of entertainment.  Email your local council members and let them know you want to see an end to these forms of “entertainment”.

THEIR numbers were small, but the message was clear.

Vegan Warriors organiser Jaylene Musgrave and supporter Anthony Walsgott objected to last night’s bull riding at the inaugural Beach and Bull Classic at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

They staged a small and peaceful demonstration in the hours leading up to the event, calling it “horrendously cruel”, but left before the gates opened to avoid the crowds.

Ms Musgrave, who has been protesting bull riding since she was a teenager, said safety came first.

“I’ve been threatened previously on many occasions,” she said.

“It’s understandable that a lot of people are nervous about coming to these protests because of what’s happened in the past. They won’t bring their children either.”

Ms Musgrave said she would keep staging protests to bring awareness to the debate.

“A lot of people on the Coast have tremendous talents when it comes to animal rights. We get people from all over Australia looking at Vegan Warriors because we’re more democratic,” she said.

“We want to educate people, introduce them to a world they might not know too much about.

“I feel ashamed that the region has embraced bull riding so much.”

Mr Walsgott, who has participated in a Save A Cow program, said cows and bulls had their own individual personalities

“I looked after 30 bulls, and I can tell you they don’t want to be here. They would rather be in a pasture with other cows,” he said.


Sunshine Coast Rodeo Protest – October 15th

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.

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.

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.

“You cannot make me eat my friends”

Welcome all my beautiful friends to my first ever personal blog!

Although I started Vegan Warriors a few years ago, it is only recently I have been able to really connect with so many like minded people because of my website and facebook. These two conduits of technology were made possible because of something that happened that taught me nothing in this precious world is random.

I held the first ever rally for animals on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia to express my deep disgust and anger over our country’s treatment of live animals being exported to Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. For those of you that arent aware, these animals are treated as things to torture by slaughtermen who barbarically dissect them whilst they are fully conscious (footage available We had a turnout of about 20 people all up including a couple in their late 70s who had never attended a rally in their lives but told me how the footage made them so sick, they immediately stopped eating meat and came along and held banners to passing traffic. Another gentleman there on the day was an ex slaughterman…I will never forgot feeling my life was truly worthwhile whilst watching him wave his banner saying “Stop the Cruelty, Ban Live Export!” proudly. Sarah was another amazing person I met on that day. She was wearing a Sea Shepherd tshirt and brought her own large sign which screamed “Torture!”. Sarah has since become my friend and offered to built a website and facebook page for Vegan Warriors. She did this without any expectations from me. She then offered to do the same for the twin brothers Ray & Murray Chambers who run the Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue Service – once again without expecting anything in return, apart from wanting to help animals. Saz as I affectionally call her, is a fellow vegan and has taught me that we are meant to be where we are at every second of every day.

I grew up in a small country town in the bush, with the main source of employment being the local aboittoir, where my father was a meat inspector. The air was always thick with the smell of fear and death. That smell stuck in the back of my throat throughout my childhood years and has never left me. My father insisted I eat the animals he helped slaughter, this was something I decided, whether I was going to be punished or beaten, was not going to happen. Many nights were spent alone at the dining room table, hours after everyone else had finished their meals and were enjoying relaxing in front of the tv. My mum would come and tell me quietly to drop the meat under the table for the dog, who was waiting patiently. This then released me from my father’s punishment and I was then sent straight to bed. Night after night, rebelling against what I knew was so morally wrong, my life felt lonely and miserable. But after school each day I would be uber excited to skip down to the chicken pen and sit and read my friends their stories whilst they pecked at me and sometimes sat in my lap quietly clucking away as I stroked their soft feathers.

I gave up my job in the music industry as a music publicist to some of Australia’s most successful rock bands to dedicate my life to giving our precious animals a voice. I have since rallied an army of stellar supporters including celebrities  Heather Mills (Paul McCartney’s ex) and Nick Nichols, Editor at Large, National Geographic Magazine. Many others including rockstars, barristers, animal lawyers, solicitors, university lecturers also publicly support my work. (Pls see my list of supporters for full details).

I am the target of much harrassment and intimidation from members of the torture industries I campaign against as well as from some in the vegan community. This is something that does, at times, get under my skin, but when I rest my head each night, I know nothing anyone says to or about me, will stop me screaming from the rooftops at and about the torturers.

It is a long dark journey as you all know, but if not for us, then who? We are the brave few who dare to be deemed “different”, “difficult”, “opinionated” and who make those who choose to own their share in torturing animals, extremely guilt and uncomfortable, no matter what their excuses.

Please see the media section of the website to see some of the past and current campaigning Im undertaking and with my new found supporters such as yourself, I feel even more energised and buoyed to keep making the lives of people who end the lives of our beautiful, precious animal friends, an absolute pain in the arse!

…9/11 – Close to 3000 human beings were killed. 9/11 – It’s happening right now in slaughterhouses all over the world. Every second close to 3000 non-human beings are killed. To these animals every non-vegan is a terrorist. Think about it.


For the Animals

Jaylene Musgrave

Vegan Warriors

Jaylene Nominated for Pride of Australia Medal

A well deserved nomination.  Well Done Jaylene 🙂 

Although the job is never over, every little bit of progress counts and saves many more animals from the suffering they would have otherwise endured.