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30 September 2012

The RSPCA is urging South Australians to vote with their feet, and choose not to attend today’s

rodeo at Marrabel.

RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said there are concerns for animal


“Common rodeo events such as bull riding and steer wrestling can cause unnecessary suffering

and distress for the animals involved,” she said.

“An advertisement for today’s event calls it the toughest sport on dirt, which really speaks


“Subjecting horses and cattle to these controversial activities, in the name of public

entertainment, is completely unacceptable.”

Ms Salter said rodeos have been banned in the UK and parts of the US and the RSPCA will

continue to campaign to have them stopped in South Australia.

“The RSPCA would love to see a successful family fun day at Marrabel, and there are many

activities that both animals and the community can enjoy,” she said.

“However we do not condone any activities that could inflict pain or stress on animals.

“The RSPCA believes it’s inevitable that rodeos will eventually be banned here, but we need the

public’s help to make sure it happens sooner rather than later.

“South Australians can contact event organisers, sponsors and the State Government to voice

their concerns.

“The only way to ensure no animals are harmed during a rodeo is to impose a total ban.”

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