Animal rights activists welcome new rodeo laws
ABC News, Australia
Jan 8, 2009
The RSPCA in Tasmania hopes new laws regulating rodeos will see a reduction in injuries and mistreatment of animals.
Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act relating to rodeos will come into effect for this year's season.
The changes include a ban on the riding of sheep and livestock and the introduction of penalties of up to $5,000 for animal mistreatment.
The head of the RSPCA in Tasmania, Greg Treddinnick also welcomes the new requirement for an on-site vet.
"One of the most important things is having a vet surgeon on hand so they can attend to animals that are either unfit to participate in the rodeo, or if they're injured during the events that they can be attended to promptly," he said. Link
Australia is dealing with a lot of animal rights issues. In fact they are in the midst of several battles that haven’t even begun in the US. The sport of rodeo is one, and the other that we really need to be aware of is livestock transportation. The animal rights groups are trying to completely rewrite the books on how livestock must be transported. That fight will be coming our way soon.