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Mid-Northern Rodeo has threatened to trespass activists

Published: Sat 12 Jan 2019 11:09 AM
What: ‘Ban Rodeo’ protest at Mid-Northern Rodeo
When: Saturday 12 January 12pm
Where: 32 Kokopu Block Road, Maungatapere
Animal activists inside the Mid-Northern Rodeo today have been told by rodeo organisers they cannot film using high definition cameras.
Rodeo organisers stopped the rodeo to tell the activists they must stop filming or they will be trespassed.
Direct Animal Action spokesperson Apollo Taito says this is typical of rodeo cowboys who don't want wider New Zealand to know what really goes on at rodeos.
"Only yesterday it was revealed that rodeo cowboys failed to mention the death of a second animal, a horse, at Gisborne Rodeo."
"There is a lack of transparency in rodeo that's seriously concerning. What are they hiding? Are they afraid another animal will die today and it will be caught on camera?"
"Rodeo is beyond appalling and we've had a guts full of Cowboys abusing animals for fun."
"We'll be protesting outside the Mid-Northern today and if another animal dies, how many times do we have to say it? The Government needs to ban this outdated and outrageous cruelty now," said Mr Taito.

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