Ban Rodeos that Promote Animal Cruelty


Target: Christopher Pyne, Leader of the House of Australian Parliament

Goal: Ban rodeos that promote the cruel treatment of animals for entertainment

Rodeos promote the cruel treatment of innocent animals for human entertainment. Such events as bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, and calf/steer roping are possible only as a result of prodding, poking, and agitating animals in order to create so called “wild” behavior, which rodeo participants are meant to conquer. The cruel treatment of animals for sport is an antiquated practice that has been banned in the UK, parts of Europe and parts of the United States; however, rodeos are still legal in all Australian states. The tradition of tying up and then slamming calves on the ground or jabbing and then synching ropes around horses and bulls to make them buck is cruel and needs to be stopped.

All animal protection organizations condemn rodeos for their inhumane treatment of livestock and horses. Animals that are physically provoked in order to display aggressive or “wild” behavior are not being treated with respect and deserve a better life. Many developed nations have already done away with these horrific displays of human barbarianism, but Australia has yet to follow suit. For a country that is forward thinking and considerably responsible in its actions to protect wildlife and the environment, Australia’s cruel treatment of domesticated animals is a grave contradiction.

Bulls and cows have been bred to be docile creatures, so the behavior they display in rodeos can only be a result of the electric prodding and restricting flank straps that are pulled tightly around their essential organs. Calves that are roped suffer internal hemorrhaging, broken legs, and torn ligaments. Bucking broncos are aggravated with synched flank straps and spurs while mounted by a rider. All these practices are barbaric forms of treatment in the name of entertainment. Stop the cruelty these loving creatures suffer and tell Australia to put an end to its rodeo tradition.


Dear Honorable Chris Pyne,

Animals used in rodeos suffer considerable injuries in the name of putting on a “good show.” The practices used in rodeos to aggravate animals into behaving aggressively are disturbing and inhumane. Australia continues to allow rodeos in all of its states despite these practices clearly contradicting the philosophy behind the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals.

Rodeos unnecessarily injure docile creatures such as cows and horses that are under the care of humans. Electric prodding, slamming calves on the ground, and using tightened straps to induce pain and discomfort in order for animals to react frantically is cruel and these practices must be stopped.

While the primary responsibility of securing animal welfare is in the hands of state and territorial governments, the national government is responsible, along with state and territorial branches, for participating in “the development of animal welfare strategies across local, regional, and state levels.” With this in mind, it is within the jurisdiction of the federal government to enact legislation that prevents the cruel treatment of animals at rodeos. The government also has the authority to create legislation and codes of practice in order to revise and develop acceptable animal welfare outcomes. Thus, I am calling upon you as the Leader of the House to take this issue to Parliament and enact change. End Australia’s rodeo tradition.


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Photo Credit: Skarabeusz via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Shelley. Wacheldorf says:

    I’ve been to many rodeos and always thought they were cruel. I also deplore circuses as well. Mistreatment of animals is certainly NOT entertainment!

  2. I absolutely hate rodeos. But something I’ve noticed is we animal activists, who are so compasionate toward animals, act rather viciously towars humans. While the acts of people who abuse animals are certainly not something to condone, acting with malice and spite towars them is not an effective way to get then to clean up their act. Rather than beinng hateful and spitefuk to people who unknowingly or knowingly abuse animals, we should seek to educate then with kindness, for they are far more likely to listen to a kind teacher than a cruel ridiculer, are they not? Tell me, when someone tells you something rudely, do you not want to go against their wishes out of spite? Would it not be wiser to attempt to avoid such a thing?

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