Thumbs down. . .Safe Dunedin co-ordinator Carl Scott holds
a copy of the Animal Welfare Act, while Safe volunteer
Dianne Smith holds an anti-rodeo poster outside Forsyth
Barr Stadium. Photo by Tim Miller
An animal rights campaigner is asking people to stay away
from the International Rodeo event at Forsyth Barr Stadium
later this month and says the Dunedin City Council should
reconsider allowing the event to be held in Dunedin.
Safe (Save Animals From Exploiæ tation) Dunedin co-ordinator
Carl Scott said rodeos exploited animals for people's
‘‘You have to be blunt about it - animals are being
frightened and exploited because people think it is fun to
watch,'' Mr Scott said.
It was embarrassing the council would allow something likea
rodeo to be held in Dunedin, he said.
‘‘Rodeos are banned in Europe and Auckland banned them in its
city limits a few years ago, so it is an embarrassment on the
DCC that they would allow the International Rodeo in the
city. ‘‘It's not entertainment for the animals,'' he said.
International Rodeo production manager Fred Doherty said in
the five years the International Rodeo had been running, no
participants or animals had accidents. Rodeos in New Zealand
followed the National Animal Advisory Committee guidelines,
which had been used by all rodeo clubs in New Zealand since
‘‘There has not been one breach of the code in the years
since it was made,'' Mr Doherty said.
All animals were checked before and after rodeos by
veterinarians, and if there were any issues with the health
of the animal, they would not take part in the rodeo, he
‘‘Rodeo people are livestock people. They have been dealing
with them all their life and they know how to handle the
‘‘It's going to be a good old night and people should get
along,'' Mr Doherty said.
SPCA Otago chief inspector Virginia Pine said two SPCA
inspectors would be on duty before, during and after the
rodeo, making sure that the welfare code was followed.
‘‘We are fortunate we havea good working relationship with
rodeo organisers . . . At the end of the day, we are both
trying to achieve the same thing.''
Any concerns the SPCA had raised over rodeos in the past had
been taken seriously by the organisers, she said.
Mr Scott said there were no plans to protest about the rodeo,
but Safe members would write letters to different
organisations in Dunedin opposing the event.
Mayor Dave Cull said the council did not have a bylaw
forbidding rodeos from being held in the city, and was not in
the position to do so.
Events held at the stadium were organised and procured by
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd and the council had no say in
who used the venue, Mr Cull said
‘‘There is probably widespread support and sympathy for what
Safe is saying about the welfare of animals used in rodeos.
‘‘But the best thing for them to do would be to bring their
concerns to council and take it from there,'' he said.
The International Rodeo will be held on November 17 at
Forsyth Barr Stadium.