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 Its conclusion is that the island nation’s Rodeo Code of Welfare is outdated and does not do enough to protect the animals it is meant to serve.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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Photo Credit: Farm Watch

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  1. Stephanie Geyser says:

    Shame on you New Zealand. Acting like damn Trump-voting Americans.


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