Animal welfare groups are calling for a ban on rodeos ahead of season launch on Saturday.
The SPCA, Safe and Farmwatch have joined forces to try to get the events outlawed, saying they are cruel and animals are regularly kicked, given electric shocks and roped.
But rodeo groups say the animals are not in pain and rodeos adhere to animal welfare laws.
A petition calling for the Government to ban rodeos has received more than 20,000 petitions.
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