Cancel 'Bikes and Bulls' Cruelty


Hawkesbury Council - Please Stand Up to Cruelty and Cancel 'Bikes and Bulls'


To Whom It May Concern,

I write to express my concern regarding the ‘Bikes and Bulls’ event scheduled to take place at the Hawkesbury Showgrounds on Saturday, 14 January, 2017.

In line with council’s Community Engagement Policy (policy no. PEB0002Z adopted June 2007), specifically s.2 (‘Objectives’), I wish to voice my concerns as they relate to the nature of the scheduled event. This falls under the meaning of the defined term ‘engagement’ in the aforementioned Policy, and I wish to express my acceptance and appreciation of the inclusion of a provision therein explicitly declaring ‘community engagement’ to be a foundational element of council’s governance procedure and policy.

The scheduled event utilises a number of animals in providing entertainment to ticketholders. Necessarily, the inclusion and use of animals for human entertainment purposes poses a variety of serious threats to the welfare of those animals so used. Whilst the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events explicitly forbids and prohibits, by law, the commission of acts that may result in cruel treatment or the infliction of pain and suffering to nonhuman animals, the event poses a number of serious risks to this stated objective. It is noted that the animals so used may be subjected to a number of stresses “which may have cumulative effects”. This necessarily includes “unfamiliar surroundings, noises and sensations,” as well as the “use of rodeo equipment” (Code, s.1.2). Here, I draw attention to the use of vehicles and fireworks as seen at previous ‘Bikes and Bulls’ events (reference is to imagery and descriptions provided by the Hawkesbury Gazette, ‘Bikes, bulls and fireworks…’). Whilst it is accepted that the use of fireworks is prohibited from use while animals are present in the arena (Code, 4.16), there is no provision relating to the use of motorised vehicles (i.e., motorbikes) under similar circumstances. I call on Hawkesbury Council to address this pressing welfare issue, as outlined in the Code, as a matter of urgency, and request that Council treat this in line with the adopted Community Engagement Policy.

As this relates to my current concern viz. ‘Bikes and Bulls,’ the direct mention of ‘inclusiveness’ in council policy and the provision therein relating to an assurance of recognition for “all affected parties” presumes that the ‘Complaints Policy’ (policy no. PAR0024Z) assures both access to council for the purposes of lodging a complaint and assurance that this process will be both accepted and conducted in a manner understandable to community stakeholders. This relates to the provision of reciprocity between council and community stakeholders as laid out in council’s Community Engagement Policy and the provision therein allowing for “informed comment/response” (‘Expectations & Obligations’). The provided outcome(s) in relation to this provision are addressed via an assurance of collaboration with stakeholders to “ensure that concerns + issues are reflected in alternatives developed”.

Whilst it appears that the issue of which this correspondence is concerned with, ‘Bikes and Bulls,’ may fall under the matrix of ‘Low level of impact’ provided under the ‘Possible Triggers – Community Engagement’ table included in the Community Engagement Policy, it is an event that, due to the nature and potential of high degrees of harm associated, must be addressed transparently and with the stated ethos of inclusivity.

There can be no adequate or reasonable justification for the use of animals for entertainment purposes. As the scheduled event is to take place on Council land (‘the Hawkesbury Showground,’ 40 Racecourse Rd, Richmond), it is expected that the ethics and risk of serious threats to welfare will be adequately, reliably, and transparently addressed. For these reasons, I respectfully ask that members of Hawkesbury Council consider the concerns outlined above.

Kindest Regards 


Cancel the Parkway Hotel Rodeo

The Parkway Hotel in Frenchs Forest is planning on hosting an "XTREME BULLS" Rodeo event in February 2017.

We the undersigned call on The Parkway Hotel to cancel their rodeo event and recognise the cruelty inherent in rodeos.

Rodeos are a cruel spectator 'sport' and are condemned by all animal rights and welfare groups around the world. Animals are regularly injured and sometimes killed at rodeo events. Rodeos are quickly becoming a thing of the past with major sponsors pulling their support because of animal welfare concerns.

Due to cruelty, rodeos are banned in Britain and in parts of Europe and the United States.

The RSPCA states: RSPCA Australia is opposed to rodeos because of the potential for significant injury, suffering or distress to the animals involved. The use of devices such as flank straps, spurs and electric prods contributes to the pain and suffering associated with this sport.


Ban 1080 Petition to Senate of Australia

Senate of Australia - BAN 1080 POISON

On the 2nd September 2016, Animal Liberation CEO Lynda Stoner was invited to attend the “Feral” Cat Community Round table discussion hosted by the Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews. We were permitted to show the above video of a dog dying from a small ingestion of 1080 poison. The dog was an unintended victim as are so many native and companion animals who ingest corpses containing 1080 poison.

We are calling on the Australian government for a ban on 1080. Animals who ingest 1080 endure vomiting, screaming fits, drooling, seizures, frenzied behaviour and uncontrolled paddling. This awful component has been banned in most countries around the world. The Commissioner himself said 1080 was inhumane and we must work to get rid of it.

Please download and print our petition below and return with as many signatures as possible.

Download Petition - PDF

Petitions can be sent to our office at Suite 506/89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000


Doughnut Time Petition




Doughnut Time we absolutely love your vegan donuts (and notice that most of the time they sell out super fast!). Considering the latest footage released exposing the horrors of the egg industry we are asking you to significantly expand your range of cruelty free vegan donuts. By signing this petition we commit to buying from your vegan range and supporting your business should you consider making this ethical decision.

In June 2016 we received anonymous undercover footage.The footage shows the routine practice of male chick maceration common to all types of egg production, including so-called "free-range" certified facilities.

Every year, billions of male baby chicks are euphemistically "culled" because they can’t lay eggs. Male chicks are macerated simply because the industry has no use for them they are not selectively bred to become as large as those in the broiler industry are, and they cannot produce eggs. This means that they are surplus "stock", little more than an inconvenience to the bottom-line that offers no profit and are considered worthless.

They are literally ground alive.

But there’s good news: we don’t need eggs. Heck, we don’t even want eggs (or any other animal product for that matter). Like many other restaurants popping up like little vegan meccas across Sydney, Doughnut Time can decide now not to support this industry, built as it is on the backs of countless suffering animals.

We are asking Doughnut Time to expand its vegan selection to at least 50% of their products or more. That means that at least half of their stock will be cruelty-free and delicious.

Numerous other restaurants have adopted a 100% vegan, cruelty-free selection. Gelato Blue in Newtown has cut 100% of their dairy products and is now completely cruelty-free, including their gelatos and sweets. It is possible, it is necessary, it is time Doughnut Time.

Doughnut Time: we the undersigned support you to make this ethical change! 


Petition Against the Approval of New Zoological Parks

The keeping and exhibition of exotic and native animals in zoos is cruel, inhumane and unnecessary for public education about animals, nor does it further the conservation of endangered animals in their natural habitats. Zoo-confined animals have only a limited ability to express their natural behaviours and often suffer from zoochosis, a condition  whereby boredom, anxiety and stress triggers obsessive, repetitive acts such as swaying, pacing and over-grooming. The requested change to the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 is intended to preclude the approval of any future development applications for zoological parks including the recently proposed Sydney Zoo at Western Sydney Parklands, Bungaree.


Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

 Petition Against the Approval of New Zoological Parks