RSPCA Policy C08 Rodeos

8.1RSPCA Australia is opposed to rodeos and rodeo schools because of the potential for significant injury, suffering or distress to the animals involved. The use of painful devices such as flank straps, spurs and electric prods contributes to suffering associated with this sport.
8.2Rodeo standards
8.2.1Where rodeos and rodeo schools are permitted to be conducted, RSPCA Australia advocates the adoption of compulsory and enforced animal welfare standards and a registration and licensing system. Compliance with compulsory standards for the management, housing and transport of rodeo animals must be made a condition of licensing.

The following events must be prohibited because of the inherent and significant risk of pain, injury, suffering or distress:

  • roping events involving immature animals, including calves under 200 kg
  • catching or roping of wild (undomesticated) animals, including brumby catching events
8.2.3A suitably qualified veterinarian must be onsite while a rodeo or rodeo school is being conducted to ensure prompt and appropriate veterinary care is provided to animals as required.

(adopted 30/3/2016)

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Updated on December 9, 2020

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