Bad break at rodeo costs $2k

An­i­mal Lib­er­a­tion Queens­land filmed bull in­ci­dent

Central Telegraph - - NEWS THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY - Kerri-Anne Mesner [email protected]­news.com.au

A CEN­TRAL Queens­land man has been or­dered to pay a $2200 fine after a bull was in­jured at a rodeo at the Great West­ern Ho­tel in March.

Peter Scott Wal­lace, 44, pleaded guilty Tues­day in Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court to one count of breach­ing his duty of care to­wards a bull by fail­ing to en­sure the han­dling of it was ap­pro­pri­ate.

Mr Wal­lace, the owner of Wal­lace Buck­ing Bulls, had been con­tracted to pro­vide bulls to a rodeo event at the Great West­ern Ho­tel on March 7. As one of the bulls ex­ited the chute, it broke its left hind leg.

The court heard An­i­mal Lib­er­a­tion Queens­land mem­bers at the event took video of the in­ci­dent and ap­proached Mr Wal­lace af­ter­wards in the “au­tho­rised only” area of the venue and asked him ques­tions.

RSPCA prose­cu­tor Jor­dan Ahlstrand said Mr Wal­lace told them twice he had phoned a vet­eri­nar­ian and had ad­min­is­tered painkillers to the bull.

He said the wit­nesses claimed Mr Wal­lace, us­ing a cat­tle prod, loaded the bull on a truck 90 min­utes after the in­ci­dent.

De­fence lawyer Ma­ree Wil­ley said Mr Wal­lace claimed it was 30–45 min­utes after the in­ci­dent and the cat­tle prod was not used on the an­i­mal but on the fence next to it.

“In his ex­pe­ri­ence the noise from this causes an­i­mals to move,” she said.

The court heard Mr Wal­lace drove the an­i­mal to a lo­ca­tion 15 min­utes away to eu­thanase it him­self as he had deemed, based on his ex­pe­ri­ence, the in­jury be­yond re­pair.

The RSPCA wants vet­eri­nar­i­ans to carry out eu­thana­sia with­out a firearm in such cases.

Ms Wil­ley said Mr Wal­lace had worked with Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in the past and it had al­ways pro­vided vet­eri­nar­i­ans on site at events.

She said he had called his usual vet at Biloela on the night but there was no an­swer and he had asked the Great West­ern Ho­tel owner for a vet’s phone num­ber, but had no luck with that call ei­ther.

Ms Wil­ley said he has since ob­tained the Capri­corn Vet after hours num­ber in case such a sit­u­a­tion arose in the fu­ture.

She said after the in­ci­dent, Mr Wal­lace raised con­cerns he had with the then Great West­ern Ho­tel owner about the sur­face of the arena be­ing too hard.

Mag­is­trate Cameron Press asked why the Great West­ern Ho­tel or PBR was not a party in this case.

“Surely there should be some onus upon the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the place to pro­vide ve­teri­nary care or to at least in­form the con­trac­tors com­ing and pro­vid­ing the an­i­mals that there would be no vet avail­able,” he said.

Mr Press or­dered Mr Wal­lace to pay the $2200 fine plus $699.55 ex­penses.

RSPCA had sought a $5000 fine.

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