25 July 2011
Humane Society International (HSI) has been alerted by a coalition of animal protection groups in China of plans to import live cattle from Australia into China for use in a rodeo event in October.
According to the US sponsors of the event, Rodeo China, as many as 80 calves and 40 bulls are expected to be exported from Australia. These cattle intend to be used in rodeo shows at Beijing’s famous Bird’s Nest in October for events such as calf roping and bull riding - practices which are in fact even banned in some States and Territories in Australia.
A group of 69 Chinese animal protection organisations have been advocating for Chinese government policies relating to animal abuse and animal performance, specifically, for relevant rules relating to performing arts and exhibitions involving foreign countries.
The coalition of Chinese animal protection groups have firmly stated that China has strong reason to block the entry of rodeos as China is in the process of animal protection legislative construction; rodeo shows are inherently cruel; and the rodeo industry has long been criticized for animal cruelty.
They further state that:
Chinese animal protection groups speak highly of the positive reactions of the Australian government to the incident involving Australian cattle brutally treated in Indonesia. It is our hope that the Australian government will act, in the spirit of safeguarding animal welfare, to intervene and stop the export of Australian calves and bulls to China for use in rodeo shows.
It was reported that ‘Rodeo China’ shows shall be shown simultaneously to more than 2 billion people in the world through live TV broadcast, the World Wide Web and other new media. This is the last thing we want to see. We are sure the Australian people and Australian Government do not want to see cruelty befalling Australian farm animals.
HSI has written to the Australian government urging them to oppose the planned export of cattle to be used inhumanely in overseas rodeos where the welfare conditions of the animals cannot be assured.
We kindly ask that you help HSI and Chinese animal protection groups by writing to the Australian government asking them to disallow the export of cattle to China for the purposes of Rodeo China.
In your letter, you may choose to include the following points:
- Rodeos, including ‘calf roping’ and ‘bull riding’, are a cruel event for the animals involved. The activities involved cause heavy injuries to animals such as broken necks, horns, bones, and may even lead to painful suffocation and death.
- China is currently in the process of developing significant animal protection policy, and the export of cattle from Australia for Rodeo China will only exacerbate and jeopardize current government decision-making helping to improve poor animal welfare policy in China.
- Following the expose of cruel management of Australian cattle in Indonesia, Australia cannot afford see cruelty befalling Australian cattle further in China.
Please send your letters to the following government representatives:
Sen. the Hon. Joe Ludwig MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hon. Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister of Australia Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600
His Excellency Mr. Geoff Raby Ambassador of Australia to the People’s Republic of China 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Beijing 100600, China
Please send us copies of any responses you receive.
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