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ATAAC | Australian Teens Against Animal Cruelty - ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS WELCOME NEW RODEO LAWS

Jan 8, 2009 - The RSPCA in Tasmania hopes new laws regulating rodeos
will see a reduction in injuries and mistreatment of animals.

Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act relating to rodeos will come
into effect for this year's season.

The changes include a ban on the riding of sheep and livestock and
the introduction of penalties of up to $5,000 for animal
mistreatment.

The head of the RSPCA in Tasmania, Greg Treddinnick also welcomes
the new requirement for an on-site vet.

"One of the most important things is having a vet surgeon on hand so
they can attend to animals that are either unfit to participate in
the rodeo, or if they're injured during the events that they can be
attended to promptly," he said.

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