Ban the Torture of Animals at Rodeo Events

Target: Meka Whaitiri, Associate Minister of Agriculture

Goal: Ban the cruel and inhumane exploitation of animals at rodeo events.

Rodeo animals are being exploited in New Zealand. Legal experts have released a report that shows the multiple ways in which the nation’s popular rodeo sports violate the country’s animal welfare laws. The report alleges that little has been done to restrict the use of electric cattle prods and spurs and other forms of harsh treatment. Its conclusion is that the island nation’s Rodeo Code of Welfare is outdated and does not do enough to protect the animals it is meant to serve.

For too long, rodeos have been allowed to exploit horses, cows and other animals in ways that cause them potential harm and distress. Just last year, a video emerged that reportedly showed adult cattle and calves being repeatedly shocked using prods and roughly thrown to the ground. These acts are contrary to the nation’s animal welfare laws, which prohibit causing unnecessary pain or suffering to animals, and must be stopped immediately.

The New Zealand government must stop turning a blind eye to the cruelty that is occurring at rodeo events nationwide. Sign this petition and demand that rodeos must be banned if they cannot ensure the well-being of the animals forced to participate in them.


Dear Minister Whaitiri,

According to a recent report prepared by animal law advocates, rodeos across New Zealand are in violation of the country’s animal welfare laws. This follows footage taken last year that allegedly showed rodeo cowboys wrestling and throwing animals to the ground. It also appeared to show handlers stunning cattle using powerful electric prods. Thanks to an obsolete Rodeo Code of Welfare, these acts of cruelty have largely gone unpunished.

Contrary to what pro-rodeo associations argue, these events subject horses and cows to significant distress and put them at substantial risk of injury or death. No animal should suffer for human entertainment. That is why we urge you to ban rodeos nationwide unless they can adhere to updated animal welfare laws.


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  1. simon hooper says:

    what dirty cruel bastards they are the only good thing about this is when they get a horn up their arse or better still killed.

  2. lynn woods says:

    I’ve been against this so called sport forever it’s about thime it was banned so many horses are killed in the chuck wagon races and the animals are hurt and tortured these sick bastards have to be stopped

  3. I had no idea this sort of vile entertainment is going on! New Zealand- you are shameful, backward and disgraceful! I am all for sport, but this is not sport- it’s primitive savagery! Are you ever going to produce men and not mindless hooligans? Torture and murder just go to prove your pathetic mentality.

  4. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”-Gandhi.For any nation to be great,suffering including those of animals must come to an end.

  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  6. Alice Knight says:

    I have,in the past, signed multiple petitions regarding rodeos and the handling and exploitation of animals. What is the reason for not being able to put an end to such ignorant entertainment? I realize every country, province and state may have different laws but isn’t it about time we really take a good look at this form of activity and see what benefits come out of it? Instead of supporting this type of showcase, Look at what the animals go through so you and your families can “whoa and awe” over the senseless brutality the animals endure.

  7. Elaine Milbourn says:

    Sick, horrible individuals who obviously are incapable of leading decent lives. Surely they don’t have to cause such suffering to animals to enjoy life. Shame on you for allowing this vicious entertainment for total sickos.

  8. These spectacles of cruelty are every bit as savage as the horrific Roman orgies of cruelty in the Colosseum. New Zealand must show it is more civilised than that.

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