of Past Actions
The Yankalilla Rodeo has been cancelled
for next year after both the Rotary Club and Lions Clubs of
Yankalilla pulled out of organising the event.
The Lions club did try and hold the
event by themselves after Rotary pulled out, and asked the
Yankalilla Council for $15,700 in funding but were refused.
In the word's of one counsellor 'I could not support such
an event with apparent animal cruelty'.
Well done Yankalilla Council! You can
contact the council on
to congratulate them on making this compassionate and ethical
decision, and request that they take steps to ban rodeos in
their council district.
Code of Practice exposed as rubbish!
A Rodeo stock contractor, Gavin Woodall
was charged with 3 counts of failing to comply with the SA
government's supposed 'toughest legislation in the country'
and went to trial on the 15th of August 2006. This is the
first trial of a rodeo stock contractor ever in Australia!
He was charged with using electric cattle
prods on bulls confined in chutes. The RSPCA was forced to
withdraw the charges after the lawyer for the defence pointed
out loopholes in the Code.
The Australian Professional Rodeo Association
wrote the Code of Practice so they knew exactly where these
holes were and could easily exploit them.
If the SA government issues any more
permits then they do so knowing full well that the animals
will not be protected from 'electric shock treatment' all
in the name of 'fun'.
Gail Gago has issued many letters to
concerned constituents stating how strong her protection of
animals in rodeos is, and in particular, that 'electric prods
must not be used on bulls confined in chutes'.
Gail Gago lied and has continued to
do so even after the trial result was brought to her attention!
Lincoln Rodeo dumped!
The Pt Lincoln Rodeo which was held
during the annual Tunarama Festival has been scrapped due
to the heavy financial losses incurred from this years event
and the 'adverse opinion of the public towards rodeos'.
We applaud this decision by the Tunarama board and the local
council and wish them well with future ethical tourist events.
Please congratulate them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stock Contractor charged
Rodeo Stock Contractor Noel Fraser appeared
in Clare Magistrates Court on the 5th of June, charged by
the RSPCA with 3 counts of failing to comply with the permit
conditions to hold a rodeo. The
charges relate to the excessive use of electric cattle prods
on bulls at the Marrabel Rodeo 2004. He is now set
down for trial in April 2007 - nearly 3 years after the offence
help needed to ban rodeo!
We presented footage of the New Years
Eve Two Wells Rodeo at the Mallala
Council Meeting on the 15th of May 2006, calling on a council
ban of rodeos & were horrified that a number of counsellors
actually found this funny & were laughing.
One horse lost its life and many others had serious falls
& sustained injuries.
Counsellors commented in local newspapers that
there was ‘nothing for
them to make a decision on’ and
'it was a waste of time’.
The Chairperson commented that ‘if
you are offended by rodeos then you just don’t go’……If
only the animals used in rodeos had that option!
Council are waiting to ‘see if
they get any further public feedback’, so it's up to
all of us to defend these animals & to protect our community’s
email or phone Mallala Council & politely ask that they
ban rodeos permanently in the Mallala Council District.
Two Wells Rodeo made a loss of $12,000 for the local community.
Phone (08) 8527-2006 or email
PO Box 18, Mallala, SA 5502
Watson pleads guilty to assaulting Janet Allan at Marrabel
Will Watson, 21 year old bull rider
from Victoria has 'done the right thing' and pleaded guilty
to assaulting anti rodeo campaigner,
Janet Allan in the Clare Magistrates Court on the 8th
of March. He will be sentenced on the 29th of August at the
Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Organiser convicted of animal cruelty!!
Marrabel Rodeo Club secretary Andrew
Allchurch was tried and convicted of 2 counts of failing to
comply with the Code of Practice for Care and Treatment of
rodeo animals at the Marrabel Rodeo
held on October 2004. He appeared in the Clare Magistrates
Court on April 11th.
He was convicted of housing horses in with a
bull, and not allowing a distressed and rearing bull to be
In handing down his decision the Magistrate
said that although Allchurch had no prior convictions and
was an active community member and volunteer, for policy reasons
he was imposing convictions on both charges as a deterrent
to this happening again.
There are still 2 more trials pending from the
same rodeo, against both of the stock contractors.
In my statement
to the media I said that I was happy with the conviction and
small fine, as I do not wish community volunteers to receive
large fines. I just want animal cruelty to stop and a conviction
sends a strong message that a ban is the only way to achieve
The Animal Welfare League Supports
a Ban of Rodeo
The Chairman of the Animal Welfare League wrote to The Advertiser
to express the Board's opposition of rodeo. Letter
to the editor
The latest Animal Welfare League magazine also
features a 2 page article on their opposition to rodeo cruelty.
RSPCA Calls for Rodeo Ban
The RSPCA has also called for a total ban on rodeos
in the current review of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals
Act 1985. Minister John Hill is currently reviewing the submissions.
Voiceless Supports No Rodeo
by Brian and Ondine Sherman funds projects to ameliorate the
lives of animals. Voiceless' Ambassador is Hugo Weaving (actor)
and JM Coetzee (Nobel Prize winning author) is Patron.