5 March 2018


5 March 2018

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Michael Laws

National Spokesperson

NZ Rodeo & Cowboys Association

 

 

ANTI-RODEO COALITION PUBLISH MORE "FAKE NEWS”:

CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT SINKS TO NEW LOWS

In the wake of the government’s affirmation that New Zealand rodeo events

will not face legal bans, anti-rodeo activists "are sinking to new lows, with

claims of fake animal deaths and ongoing abuse of rodeo personnel.”

 

NZ Rodeo & Cowboys national spokesperson Michael Laws said today that

administrators and spokespersons are facing "almost daily abuse and threats

of physical harm from anti-rodeo and animal activists.”

 

" The hysteria has now reached the stage where the NZ Anti-Rodeo Coalition

are publishing and promoting "fake news” about animal deaths at New

Zealand rodeos.

 

" This past weekend, a spectacularly successful rodeo event at Urenui, Taranaki

attracted a crowd of 4,000 people and just a handful of protestors.

 

" In the wake of that event, the NZ Anti Rodeo Coalition posted ‘Breaking News’

to its supporters that a calf had died at the event. Despite being advised that

this was untrue, that post remains on their Facebook site and has prompted

fresh waves of abuse from their supporters.”

 

Mr Laws said that lying, threatening behaviour, and the bias-editing of videos,

"have become the new tactics of animal activists and anti-rodeo personnel.”

 

" There were NO calves killed at Urenui.

 

" In fact, independent MPI officials,reporting to Parliament, have noticed

how incredibly tiny any animal injuries have historically been. And NZ Rodeo

has enhanced animal welfare considerably since.”

[National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee report 2014]

 

ENDS

 

Contact:

michael@themessage.nz

027 453 5575