RSPCA to investigate Qld rodeo bull deaths
Posted on 04/25/20 7:46 PM
The RSPCA does not not approve of rodeos even though they are legal events.The owner of a popular southeast Queensland hotel where two bulls were euthanised during a rodeo has denied claims the venue’s surface was unsafe.
Eatons Hill Hotel owner Rob Comiskey said it was distressing that bulls were injured and subsequently put down during the weekend’s rodeo, but said every precaution had been taken.
Mr Comiskey told AAP on Monday the rodeo was privately run, however the surface was deemed safe by the national body and the injuries were “freak” accidents.
“We are not the operators, we are just the venue. I witnessed the whole thing. It was a freak accident that two bulls were injured,” Mr Comiskey said.
“The RSPCA attended on the day and also we had a vet there to immediately treat the two animals.
“There were reports that the surface was damaged or not up to scratch was garbage (sic). It was inspected by the NRA (National Rodeo Association) and operators prior (to) and during the event.”
He said the rodeo organisers were “extremely” upset about the deaths.
The Eatons Hill Hotel has been staging rodeos for a number of years, with 10 events at venues owned by The Comiskey Group.
“We’ve held rodeos at our venues for eight years now and we’ve never had an injured animal,” Mr Comiskey said.
“The rodeo operators are extremely upset. They treated these animals like they are prized pets.
“I can understand people are emotional and no one wants to see an animal injured, but to have one injured is very rare and to have two is just unheard of.”
RSPCA CEO Mark Townend said on Monday they will investigate the deaths.
He said the animal welfare association did not approve of rodeos even though they were legal events.
“It’s ridiculous that in 2018 our population needs cruel sports to entertain themselves,” Mr Townend said.
“If they want to see people knocked out and brain damaged in a boxing ring for big dollars well let them go if they are that silly. At least humans can say no. In rodeos and the like the animals don’t get a chance to say no.”
NRA chairman Jason Hall told News Corp that the promoters for the rodeo had taken all risk and safety precautions and it was an “unfortunate” occurrence, adding he had never before seen two of the first three bulls out of the bucking shoot injured and then euthanised.