Injured rodeo bull made to suffer

2014-12-03 15:58


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Cape Town - Charges have been laid after a bull broke its leg at a rodeo in the Free State, and had to suffer because the NSPCA was refused permission to euthanase the animal immediately.

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According to a statement, the NSPCA said the incident took place at the South African Rodeo Finals on 29 November in Viljoenskroon in the Free State, described by event organisers as an "extreme riding event".

During one of the "rides", the bull collapsed in the ring following the shattering of the bones in its hind legs.

Instead of the NSPCA being allowed stop the animal's suffering, the bull was lifted onto a trailer by event organisers, despite the pleas of the inspecting NSPCA officials,

Despite the attending veterinarian administering pain treatment, the NSPCA said the bull should not have been moved as he was clearly in extreme distress, before it was driven as much as 2km away, where it was eventually humanely euthanised.

Organisers justified moving the bull from its location, saying its killing needed to be away from the public.

But the NSPCA disagreed, saying: "If the public wish to frequent gatherings and watch animals being abused, then neither they nor the organisers should be concerned or supposedly sensitive when the suffering of animals is ended in their presence."

An appeal was made to the organisers to stop the event in the interest of the animals and to prevent any further injuries or incidents, but this was refused, and the rodeo continued.

The statement said charges would be laid against the attending veterinarian, the rodeo organisers and other parties involved.

"The National Council of SPCAs has always maintained that rodeo is cruel, abusive and an exploitive form of 'entertainment' which causes unnecessary suffering to animals."

Heke Beukes, the president of SA rodeo, declined to comment.

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