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Statement regarding Rodeo at the Hobart Show

Following last week’s incident at the Royal Hobart Show in which a young bull severely broke his leg Animal Liberation Tasmania is again calling for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare (IOAW) at a State level.

This deeply upsetting incident is a clear example of the way non-human animals suffer and die needlessly for the sake of our entertainment and how the Tasmanian Government is ill-equipped to stand up for the right of animals to be free from harm and cruelty.

An IOAW would provide a safeguard for Tasmanian animals who are currently at the mercy of self-regulating Government department that also has a vested interest in their continuous use and abuse. Only an Independent Office with the ability to investigate and prosecute individuals committing acts of cruelty against animals can provide meaningful protections for those that are currently suffering in rodeos, racing, industrial farming operations and companion animal farms.

Our call for a Tasmanian Office mirrors campaigns from various groups for a Federal IOAW, including the statement released by MP Andrew Wilkie yesterday. In addition to a Tasmanian Office, we fully support the creation of a federal IOAW.