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[Euro Weekly News]
The rodeo expected to take place last weekend for the 'Estoi Horser
Festival' was served with an injunction by Faro courts.
The Brazilian rodeo is one of the highlights of the Algarvean festival
and participates in the National Rodeo Championship.
The injuction was sought by the animal rights organisation, 'Animal'
who expressed their satisfaction with the court's decision, as they
consider rodeos to be spectacles which, by their very nature, involve
cruel and inhumane treatment to animals, often causing pain to bulls
and horses. They feel that this practice is doubly perverse as it is
presented as a public entertainment, in the course of which, animals
can suffer injuries. They say that current animal protection laws
should be enforced more rigorously and that any form of cruelty to
animals is unacceptable.
On the other hand, the Portuguese Rodeo Association (APR) condemned
the decision as 'equivocal'. Its president, Jose Manuel Carvalho,
defended the rodeo, stating that it consists just of "people riding
wild horses and bulls, and no cruelty is inflicted on the animals as
the only instrument used for the occasion is a rope that the cowboy
takes to hold the animal".