Friday, January 09, 2009

In Tasmania, Amendments Made to the Animal Welfare Act in Regard to Rodeos Begin in 2009

Looks like Tasmania is years ahead of the world in addressing animal cruelty issues in rodeos.

The amendments made include, “a ban on the riding of sheep and livestock and the introduction of penalties of up to $5,000 for animal mistreatment…[and] having a vet surgeon on hand so they can attend to animals that are either unfit to participate in the rodeo, or if they're injured during the events that they can be attended to promptly.”

Let’s see if other countries finally get that rational changes can be made in relation to animal cruelty and the rodeo.

Article:

Animal rights activists welcome new rodeo laws

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/08/2461502.htm

Posted Thu Jan 8, 2009 11:09am AEDT

The RSPCA in Tasmania hopes new laws regulating rodeos will see a reduction in injuries and mistreatment of animals.

Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act relating to rodeos will come into effect for this year's season.

The changes include a ban on the riding of sheep and livestock and the introduction of penalties of up to $5,000 for animal mistreatment.

The head of the RSPCA in Tasmania, Greg Treddinnick also welcomes the new requirement for an on-site vet.

"One of the most important things is having a vet surgeon on hand so they can attend to animals that are either unfit to participate in the rodeo, or if they're injured during the events that they can be attended to promptly," he said.

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