Update December 2021:
Minister for Agriculture Mark Furner has decided that calf roping at Queensland rodeos will remain legal. We learnt of his decision on the very last sitting day of the year in the Qld Parliament when the new Qld Rodeo Code was finally released. Sadly, the Code fails the animals in so many ways.
In deciding that calves will continue to suffer for sport, Minister Furner has ignored very high levels of public concern, available science, bans already in place in South Australia and Victoria, and the unanimous call for a Qld calf roping ban from the five animal protection/veterinary groups that the state government 'consulted'. Even more galling, the government may have used the excuse of having sought the views of a wide range of animal protection groups as a reason not to proceed with any public consultation! What a cynical process the government carried out to ensure it got the result it wanted, for whatever political reasons must have been driving that decision.
We fought hard on this issue for six years, and certainly got noticed to the extent that the government soon decided it was time to develop a Code and to the extent we were told by the Department that complaints about calf roping were in the top 2 issues they received correspondence about. So a huge and sincere thank you to each one of you who sent an email whether that was once or perhaps many times over the past six years. We know that you will share our disappointment.
We won't give up on advocating for suffering rodeo animals although the rodeo industry undoubtedly will be hoping we will now go away. Far from it! In fact we've been busy documenting other cruel practices in the industry this year which are the subject of ongoing investigations. More on that in 2022!
Please tell your MP of your disappointment in this decision (or the Minister if you live outside of Queensland). Let them know you reject this callous decision which has so needlessly failed vulnerable calves who were so deserving of protection.
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You can help make a calf roping ban a reality
Tell your MP (or the Minister if you are outside Queensland) that you are disappointed that the government has failed animals by failing to ban calf roping or other meaningful protections in the new rodeo code. For maximum impact, please put into your own words.
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Now is the right time for compassionate Queenslanders to stand up and voice their opposition to rodeos. To say ‘no way’ to an out-dated, nasty form of entertainment that should be rejected by a decent society.
In 2016, we at Animal Liberation Qld renewed our commitment to giving exploited rodeo animals a voice and will continue to do so.
It’s important to state that rodeos can never be humane and no animal should be made to feel fear, pain and distress in the name of entertainment. That is why ALQ’s firm position is to advocate for a total ban. However, the reality is that Queensland rodeos aren’t going to disappear overnight. The state government even financially supports them. So we have chosen to campaign especially hard in recent years to get rid of calf roping, recognised both within and outside the rodeo industry as the worst event.
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