On Sunday I went along to the Kimbolton ‘Backyard Bullride’ rodeo.
The promoters had billed it as ‘a spectacle not to be missed’.
Instead, what I saw was nothing but shameful.
As the bull and rider are being prepared for release, spectators can hear the animal bellow from the pen. It’s clear why.
From the stands, you can make out the cowboy-hat wearing men forcefully tightening a rope around the bull’s torso. The bull is being worked up into a state of agitation and panic, so that upon release, it is desperately trying to shod itself of the source of pain to its abdomen.
The crowd is asked to take pleasure in watching the bull suffer. We live in a beautiful country where you can do pretty much anything you like for recreation.
So why on earth it’s necessary to seek entertainment in goading and tormenting a harmless animal is beyond comprehension.
Pete Familton, Palmerston North