Marrabel Rodeo Club secretary
convicted on 2 counts of animal cruelty!
On April 11th 2006 at Clare Magistrates Court,
Andrew Allchurch was convicted on 2 counts of failing to comply
with the Code of Practice for Care and Treatment of Rodeo
He was convicted of housing horses in with a
bull, and not allowing a distressed and rearing bull to be
immediately released. He was fined $300 for the first offence
and $500 for the second.
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,
Gavin Woodall and Noel Fraser.
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
An account of what we witnessed and documented at the Marrabel rodeo, 3 October 2004
This horse was so distressed in the chute, it got caught over the release gate when thrashing about. The judge stepped up to jab him in the chest with a clipboard in a crude attempt to release him.