Who is 'No Rodeo'?
In October 2004, Jeanie and Troy Walker attended
their first rodeo in Marrabel South
Australia where they recorded numerous acts of animal cruelty
on video. They have since attended several more events and
confirm it is an inherent fact that rodeos are outrageously
inhumane. Organisers and competitors pay no attention to the
flimsy 'code of practice for the welfare
of rodeo animals' which the rodeo fraternity themselves
wrote. This code is meaningless as not only is it ignored,
the most blatant acts of cruelty are not even addressed in
In addition to the absolute disregard of animal
suffering, Jeanie and Troy have also raised concern about
public safety and children who
compete and work at rodeos. Children involved in rodeo are
being desensitised to violence and lack compassion.
Much of the Walker's vision has been provided
to the RSPCA and is being used to prosecute rodeo organisers.
Marrabel rodeo organiser, has so far been prosecuted in
court. This is the first prosecution of a rodeo event ever
in this State — not surprising to the Walkers as they
have faced extreme difficulties while initiating the process.
There are still 2 more cases set down for trial from the same
rodeo, against the two stock contractors involved.
Jeanie and Troy have been lobbying the government
since October 2004 to seek total prohibition of this cruel
blood sport in South Australia. To date, the government has
failed to pay heed, therefore, Jeanie and Troy and a number
of supporters ran as No Rodeo Independents
in the election on March 18 in an effort to make this issue
They were recently given a donation through
a grants program run by 'Voiceless'
to help continue their work in banning rodeos. 'Voiceless'
is headed by Brian and Ondine Sherman, Hugo Weaving (actor)
and JM Coetzee (Nobel Prize winning author) and is based in
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