Horse and bull killed at Quamby Rodeo (north Qld)

Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Two deaths at Quamby rodeo
  • A bucking horse was killed following a leg break
  • Bull suffered broken leg and also killed during open bull riding event

"Tragically, two animals lost their lives at Saturday's Quamby rodeo." said Mr Chay Neal, Animal Liberation Qld Executive Director.

"During a bucking event in the morning a horse suffered a broken leg and was subsequently killed on site and taken away in a front end loader.

"Rodeo organisers responded by asking not to film because 'we don't need photos of that on Facebook'. 

"That afternoon a bull broke at least one leg during the open bull riding. He was dragged to the ground whilst struggling. Banners were erected to attempt to shield the suffering bull from public view. He was seen to suffer for up to ten minutes. Organisers ran egg-throwing games in the arena to distract the crowd while the bull was being killed and taken out of the arena.

"We've now witnessed 8 confirmed rodeo deaths since March last year, just from the rodeos we've attended, and many more serious injuries. Who knows how many injuries and deaths like this take place but go unreported at the hundreds of rodeos that take place around the state every year. Currently, there is no requirement to have vets on-site for these events and there is no register of injuries kept.

"Every animal welfare group in the country opposes rodeos. Cruelty like this, for the sole purpose of entertainment, has no place in this day and age. Isn't it time we rethink rodeos?" concluded Mr Neal. 

Footage available:

Further comment - Chay Neal, Executive Director - [email protected]

Background: Animal Liberation Qld (ALQ) opposes rodeos due to the cruelty inflicted on animals as well as the risk of injury. Further information as well as photos and footage available at

Horse died at Quamby Rodeo 2019

Bull death at Quamby rodeo 2019