SPCA calls for SA rodeos to be banned

Men chase a bull while one man twists the tail of the animal at a rodeo in Lamberts Bay. Picture: CapeTalk
The NSPCA and CapeTalk go undercover at an amateur rodeo held in Lamberts Bay, to uncover terrible animal abuses.
CAPE TOWN - The national Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at the weekend called for South African Rodeo to be banned.

These so-called forms of entertainment are becoming increasingly popular in the country.

There have been reports of a few taking place in the Western Cape including one in Lamberts Bay over the weekend.

567 CapeTalk producers and the SPCA went undercover on Sunday and witnessed animal brutality first hand.

The event which was the fourth of its kind in the Western Cape hosted between 200 and 300 people. 

The animals were kept hidden from public view.

At the last rodeo in Malmesbury earlier this year, animals were left outside in 40 degree heat with no water for hours.

A pregnant mare was even sent out to be ridden.

There were also reports of animals breaking legs and backs in an attempt to free themselves from the strap. 

The SPCA’s Allen Green said despite hosts, Rough Stock Rodeo Riders, announcing to crowds they were cruelty free, the animals were clearly in pain when forced to buck.

“There is nothing good to say about the Rodeo. Any event held at a Rodeo has elements of animal abuse and cruelty. These animals are sourced from surrounding farms and all this causes stress to frighten an animal and causing stress to an animal is a form of abuse.”


A horse or bull does not naturally buck or behave wildly therefore several methods are used to get the animals to do so. 

First there is the bucking strap, which is strapped tightly around the animal between the penis and the testicles. 

Other methods that have been used include sticking a finger up their noses, hitting the animals in the faces and bending their tails back, which is actually the end of their spines and is extremely painful.

All of these methods are often done before the actual ‘ride’ to get the animal revved up.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)