5 February 2011.
animal rights organisation claim its members yesterday took the brunt of
physical threats and verbal abuse during a peaceful protest at the Ross
Rodeo in the state's Northern Midlands. Against Animal Cruelty protesters
rallied at the event with some holding placards with anti-rodeo messages.
Neon Lang from Against Animal Cruelty says police did not need to intervene
but it was a threatening environment for protesters. "Several of them were
actually offered genuine physical threats, members of the group, at a very
close proximity." "At the time it was quite scary but thank god we had a
police liaison there and we ensured that there was no kind of, no one was
under liability of being actually physically assaulted," Mr lang said. The
President of the event, Robert Brown, says he did not see the protest or
know about the threats.