In the hot November sun, Animal Liberation ACT and the Anti-Speciesist Action Collective, stood on the dusty dirt road outside the rodeo grounds to protest the abuse happening inside. One activist entered to take the footage we share with you here.
As expected, the carloads of rodeo attendees trickled past, some hurling abuse others uncomfortably avoiding looking at the signs. Many cars, however, slowed to express their disgust at the event, and at themselves for having attended. They pledged to never go to a rodeo again. One man said the following “I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight” He looked so guilty and disappointed at having attended. Sometimes you have to witness these things yourself to understand that what you’ve been conditioned to believe is not correct. One of the saddest things about the rodeo is the kindly older gentlemen who organises the rodeo.
One organiser drove down to give the protestors water, while another had a respectful chat with us as we stood in the heat. In a different life they might have recognised the event for abuse and violence that it is. Never underestimate the impact of protest. For some, this might have been the first time they ever saw anyone speak out against was is billed as a normal part of country life.