You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
A horse has died after hitting a fence at the Rodeo National Finals in north Canterbury today.
Animal rights group SAFE and the Animal Justice League were protesting at the Rodeo National Finals, saying another season of animal cruelty and deaths nears its end.
The protest, which was supported by World Animal Protection, HUHA, and Farmwatch, took place outside the events at the Mandeville Sports Grounds this morning.
The groups say they are highlighting the continued abuse of animals across the country every summer, and this season four animals were killed at the hands of rodeo cowboys.
SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe says animals are being killed, abused and bullied, and rodeo cruelty needs to be urgently banned.
He says the fact of the matter is that rodeo events are animal cruelty, and if they took animal welfare seriously, there wouldn't be deaths like this.
Appelbe says rodeo sends a message to young children that animal abuse is fun.