Calf roping is a frightening, distressing experience for the calf, and risks serious injury, including damage to the windpipe from the lasso, bruising and broken ribs from being violently yanked off their feet and then being forced to the ground, and choking from the tightened rope around their neck then dragged along the ground.
This causes unnecessary and unjustifiable suffering to the animals involved, with fear, injury and pain essentially guaranteed. And they are forced to endure this treatment repeatedly. This is why it’s effectively banned in Victoria and South Australia, but other states and territories allow it to continue, except the ACT where all rodeo events are banned.
The majority of rodeo events compromise the welfare of the animals involved, all for the sake of entertainment. Events such as bull riding, bronco riding (bucking horse), and steer wrestling all cause distress and risk injury to the animals involved.
Rodeo horses and bulls, for example, will buck repeatedly as an instinctive reaction to being ridden, painfully kicked with spurs and in response to the tightened flank strap around their sensitive underbelly.
Cattle and horses are prey animals who experience fear and stress if they are under threat by being chased or ridden.
Intentionally causing fear and distress to an animal should never occur for the sake of entertainment.
The RSPCA is calling for a national ban on calf roping. We want to see every state and territory place a prohibit this cruel and terrifying practice. We also want to see businesses take a stand on this serious welfare issue and commit to not sponsoring or promoting rodeos.
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