Target: Rodeo President Fraser Graham
Goal: Punish rodeo organizer for animal abuse
The modern day rodeo is considered a Western tradition for some, but for those who are animal activists, it is a practice that belongs in the past. During the Huntly Rodeo event in New Zealand, an animal activist was attending and shot footage of animals experiencing stress, abuse, and physical trauma. Condemn this rodeo’s organizer for perpetuating animal cruelty.
The Huntly Rodeo is under investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries due to animal cruelty claims, but the organizer behind the event states that he won’t be going anywhere, and neither will the event. He views it as an event for family members, one that will continue for years to come. But during the most recent event, animal rights activists Lynn Charlton attended the rodeo with a camera in hand and shot footage of steers and calves being roped and kicked in their pens.
Included in the footage were animals who looked to be severely distressed. A steer is seen drooling mucus and blood, a sign that either the steer bit his tongue or there were internal injuries. Another steer had its head turned at 180 degrees and another scene showed a calf flipping over itself as it was being lassoed. One rodeo participant was seen kicking a steer as it was lying down in its pen.
Charlton stated that many of the horses bent their bodies in odd angles to get out of their pens and the rodeo participants did all they could to strike fear in the hearts of the animals to make them act aggressively. The president of the event stated that none of the animals were hurt during the event, and they are all checked out before entering. There are even veterans on site to help with injuries.
However, while these animals not may experience physical pain, the rodeo isn’t considering the mental and emotional trauma these animals are experiencing, especially the calves. If these activities were happening to our dogs and cats, there would be public outrage, so why should we allow calves, steers, and horses to endure the same thing? Demand an end to this event in New Zealand and demand that animal cruelty charges be pressed against the president Fraser Graham.
Dear President Fraser Graham,
Due to recent footage captured by an animal rights activist, I’ve discovered the existence of animal cruelty in your rodeo event. The rodeo is considered a modern western event that may seem entertaining, but it places undue stress on your animals. While your animals may not suffer physical injuries, no doubt they leave the rodeo carrying emotional scars.
I do not believe it is right to frighten or hurt these animals for the entertainment of the human audience. If these activities were done to our dogs or cats, there would be public outrage. This rodeo tradition belongs in the past; we humans should treat our animals better than this. I hope you are prosecuted for the mistreatment of your animals and that this event is permanently stopped.
[Your Name Here]
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