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Relive 2012 with our Year in Review vid!

Relive 2012 with our Year in Review vid!

Posted 20 December 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: video, Year in Review, Make it Possible, live exports, rodeo, racing

2012 has been HUGE! Forget Gangnam Style, One Direction and Diablo 3 - this year has been all about animal rights. See what I mean with this inspiring year in review.

Everything in that vid was possible because of your support. So if you shared a campaign on Facebook, went to a rally, wrote an email to a politician, tweeted at a celeb, made a personal pledge against cruelty, or did anything else to support our work - then THANK YOU!!

All we want for Christmas is a world where all animals are free from fear and suffering. It's a good thing our New Year's Resolution is to make that happen! I hope you'll be a part of it in 2013!

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Rodeo cruelty continues...

Rodeo cruelty continues...

Posted 29 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: rodeo, cruelty, investigation, Queensland, Warwick Rodeo

Another Australian rodeo ... another horrible example of animal cruelty. This time the footage is from the Warwick Rodeo in southern Queensland this weekend just been. WARNING: If you love animals you'll find the vid hard to watch.

What you can see is a bull named Buckle Up falling and breaking either his leg or hip. He attempts to stand and walk, dragging his leg and collapsing on it a number of times.

The next 30 minutes(!!) were spent trying to get Buckle Up out of the rodeo ring. Rodeo clowns taunted him; a ute was used; and other bulls were let loose in the ring to shepherd him out - all of this despite his clear distress and awful injury causing him to collapse repeatedly.

After half an hour of prolonged pain, Buckle Up was finally herded onto a truck. In their clumsy and careless efforts to move him, the organisers of the rodeo may have broken more than one section of the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act. Really though, would rodeos be the first thing to spring into your mind when thinking about "animal care and protection"?

Queensland isn't the only state where rodeos still take place. In fact, every state and territory still allows them (except the ACT...which stands for Anti-Cruelty Territory, right?). If you believe that Australia in 2012 is no place for this kind of cruel treatment of animals, all in the name of entertainment, then join with 1000s of others to make the pledge in saying "NO" to rodeos.

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Say 'adios' to rodeos.

Say 'adios' to rodeos.

Posted 26 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: rodeo, cruelty, investigation

So we're heading into the warmer months again soon, and that means plenty more time spent outdoors. It means the beach and music festivals. It means visits to the pool, nighttimes sessions at outdoor cinemas and picnics with your buds (serving up delicious cruelty-free options, of course).With all these different ways to have fun and muck around, you'd think that watching animals being tormented at rodeos would be the last thing people would be interested in.

Rodeos were started in the US, but have made their way to Australia, and now occur in all states and territories. (Except the ACT which must stand for Awesome Capital Territory because they've banned rodeos.) If you're wondering why rodeos are such bad news, just take a look at the footage collected here of rodeos IN AUSTRALIA within the last two years.

If you couldn't bring yourself to watch the footage (and I wouldn't blame you, it's not easy to watch) then what it shows is frightened and stressed animals being dragged by their necks; animals slamming into fences; broken bones, and deliberate provocation. The calf roping it shows is particularly nasty and is so cruel that it has been banned in SA and Victoria.

Despite the footage, rodeos still take place. But the tide has turned thanks to pressure from Australians who don't want to see animals mistreated like this. Major businesses like Kmart and Telstra have dropped their support for rodeos, and thousands of Aussies have pledged to never support these events. You can help bring on the end to this cruel 'sport' by taking the pledge too.

Help spread the word by sharing the video. The more people who know the truth about what goes on at rodeos, the more people will join in the movement to get rid of them entirely.
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Kmart says no-go to the rodeo!

Kmart says no-go to the rodeo!

Posted 29 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: rodeo, cruelty, K-Mart, K-Smart, sponsors, ex-sponsors

Bulls, horses, calves and people who care about animals can all breathe a little easier in Queensland. A rodeo planned for later this year has lost one of its major sponsors after Kmart decided to take a strong stand against animal cruelty and withdrew their support of the Mt Isa Rodeo.

After receiving evidence from Animals Australia showing the suffering and cruelty endured by animals at rodeo events, Kmart announced it will end its sponsorship of the rodeo. They've also said they'll make sure they're not supporting events like this one again in the future. Sounds like a KSmart idea to me.

Rodeos are often pitched as "family fun days". Would your idea of "family fun" be getting your kicks seeing animals in a state of fear and anxiety? Can you even imagine the advertising for a rodeo? "Come see calves being dragged by lassos around their necks! Horses rearing and desperately trying to escape! Horses collapsing after just giving up! Bulls made to buck with straps tightened around their sensitive organs!" Umm ... I'll pass, thanks. No wonder Kmart have decided to steer clear of this event.

Rodeos are 'entertainment' at the expense of animals. They've been banned in the UK, and some parts of Europe and the US. It's awesome to see good guys like Kmart (and Telstra) do the right thing and not support these cruel events. These events can't run without funding, so Kmart's decision is a major one in terms of protecting animals. Hopefully state governments around Australia will soon go the distance and get rid of rodeos altogether.

If you've got a minute or two, why not shoot Kmart a quick 'thank-you' message for looking out for animals. You can also join them and many other Aussies by pledging to "Say no to rodeos", too!

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Mayor Bucks Rodeo and Wins Award

Mayor Bucks Rodeo and Wins Award

Posted 23 June 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: rodeo, Mayor Ron Clarke, Gold Coast, entertainment, Compassionate Citizen Award, sport, video

Kudos to Gold Coast Mayor, Ron Clarke, for speaking out against the cruelty of rodoes. In an interview last week, Mayor Clarke, expressed his disgust at the 'sport': "They (rodeos) are definitely human entertainment at the animals' expense." For his outspoken act of compassion Animals Australia has awarded Ron Clarke the inaugural Compassionate Citizen Award.

As an Aussie sports legend, Ron Clarke knows what being a true sportsman is all about. Ron can boast a running career including an Olympic medal and the breaking of 17 world records. So after seeing a rodeo first hand, it's no wonder he's appalled by the brutality of the 'sport'.

To make horses and bulls buck, a tight strap (called a 'bucking strap' or 'flank strap') is used to squish their senesitive hind area, causing pain and discomfort. To make things worse the animals are physically taunted, and may even be zapped by electric prods (despite this being illegal in most Aussie states). Check out this footage, taken at the 2003 National Rodeo Finals at Tamworth, to see for yourself:

While the riders may volunteer to participate (beats me why!), the animals are helpless victims. Earlier this year at an SA rodeo, Animals Australia's investigator, Wendy Parsons, witnessed first hand as a bull broke his leg and was shot, and a steer limped off on 3 legs. And at another rodeo this year, on the Gold Coast, a horse died after crashing into a fence.

It's great to see Mayor Clarke speaking out for these animals. If you have a moment, you may even like to write to congratulate him.

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