Rodeos will be allowed to continue in New Zealand following a High Court ruling.
Recently the New Zealand Animal Law Association (ALA) and animal rights lobby group SAFE took the Agriculture Minister and National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to court over their code of welfare for rodeos.
These two groups want to bring an end to a sport they said subjects animals to “unnecessary and unlawful” stress.
The High Court declined the judicial review sought by ALA and SAFE.
The court said the proper place to challenge the practice of rodeo would be during a consultation process run by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
About 35 rodeos are held each year in New Zealand, with animals integral to events such as bull riding, calf roping, and steer wrestling.
Do you think rodeos should be banned? Kiwi Kids News has written a few articles on this topic.
Read our feature article from a few years ago – should we stop rodeos? and then this one – rodeos should be banned! and then tell us your thought in the comments below.