I have to concede, sv3nn0, that it is not 100% about
entertainment. Yes, there is the competitive and social
elements for the participants/competitors and their friends
and families. And I even have to respect the courage of the
people who ride the animals.
The entertainment comment was mainly in reference to the
international rodeo, which was organised and promoted as an
event for the general public to attend. So I would maintain
that entertainment is definitely the main reason for a big
rodeo like this.
However, I totally maintain the "rodeos were cruel and brutal
displays of dominance that left animals terrified and, in
some cases, injured or needing to be euthanised." comments.
I have seen video footage of NZ rodeos, including the
international rodeo, in which animals are seen with injuries
and are clearly and obviously stressed and terrified. That's
enough reason to ban them in itself.
I would also re-assert that not many people would oppose
rodeos being banned. Yes, 7,500 attended. (Although they had
hoped for 15,000). But the promoters had to give away
thousands of dollars of tickets just to get that number.
- "Mr Tombleson said he had given away more than $40,000
worth of rodeo tickets ")
Many of those people would have seen it as just a day out,
and would not be passionately opposed to a ban, if at all.
Rodeos have completely been banned in the UK and other parts
of Europe, also parts of Australia and the USA, other parts
of the world, and closer to home, in Auckland. Dunedin has
banned circuses with exotic animals from being held on public
I used to attend rodeos as a child and teen, but as I got
older I could see them for what they were: i.e. Animal abuse,
and I stopped going. I have been a freezing worker, I have
hunted and killed animals. I am no bleeding heart city boy.
But now I am Vegan and an animal advocate. I have seen both
sides of the equation up close and personal, and I know which
side I prefer.
It's all about choosing the option which causes least harm.
We can have entertainment and bring money into the city,
without the cruelty. Elton John, Crusty Demons, The Rugby
World Cup, and soon (apparently) Paul Simon are all great
uses for the stadium. But until the government bans rodeos
altogether, let's leave the cruelty out of our city.
The DCC does have input into what events can be held on
public land. And frankly I would be alarmed if they didn't.
These resources belong to the Dunedin ratepayers and the
council are our representatives.
Let's cut the cruelty. Let's commit to being a civilised,
decent, progressive city. Let's ban rodeos here. [abridged]