Kroonstad trio arrested for hosting illegal rodeo

2015-08-24 18:14
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Johannesburg - Two men and a woman were arrested at the weekend for using bulls at a rodeo event in Viljoenskroon, Free State, said the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

This was despite a court order by the Kroonstad Magistrate's Court stopping them from doing so, it said.

NSPCA inspector Nazareth Appalsamy said on Monday a warrant had been produced in the presence of SAPS officers on the morning of the planned event on Saturday.

"As the rodeo proceeded, the NSPCA alerted the SAPS who intervened by halting proceedings and arresting the organisers."

The trio was arrested on the day for defying a court order, which stated that bulls not be used at the event.

The use of bucking straps, flank straps and spurs was also prohibited, Appalsamy said.

"When placed around the animal's testicles, the equipment causes them to buck and perform. This 'spectacle' is the result of discomfort, pain and unnecessary suffering."

Appalsamy said the organisers had another case against them from a similar event in 2014.

"The case relates to a rodeo in 2014 at the same venue when a bull broke its leg in the ring and the NSPCA had to intervene to humanely put the bull out of its misery and suffering.

"This is now a second offence and another docket has been registered... also under the Animals Protection Act."

She described rodeos as cruel to the cattle and exploitative. The animals were not used to being ridden and the blaring music and screaming crowds only added further stress.

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