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Sunday, January 15, 2006

RSPCA probes rodeo cruelty claims. 16/01/2006. ABC News Online

RSPCA probes rodeo cruelty claims. 16/01/2006. ABC News Online

The RSPCA is investigating after a badly injured bull was kicked in the head by a man and forced to walk on to a truck at the Carrick Bull Ride in northern Tasmania at the weekend.

The animal welfare group is angry the bull was not put down immediately.

One of the bull ride organisers, Mick Wyllie, says the animal suffered spinal damage during the event on Saturday night but they did not want to have it put down in public.

"It was assessed by the vet and the stock contractor that it was too unsafe to go near the animal and it would have disturbed it more," he said.

Amateur vision played on commercial television last night shows a man kicking the injured bull in the head as it struggled to get on to a truck.

Mr Wyllie says that person will be disciplined.

"What happened on Saturday night was a very unfortunate thing, we don't like to see it happen, just like anyone else doesn't like to," he said.

"We do take precautions, but sometimes even the best precautions don't work out in the long run.

"But I don't think there's any need for a review ... as far as I'm concerned we did follow the guidelines and yes we treat the animals with the greatest respect we can."

RSPCA animal welfare officer Paul Wyld says the incident highlights the need for better animal welfare measures across the industry.

"Rodeos full stop, we want to see improvements made," he said.

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