Police intervene as animal rights activists protest at Morisset Show

CHILLED: Freshly shorn sheep and an alpaca enjoyed a shaded enclosure cooled by an industrial fan at Morisset Show on Sunday afternoon. Picture: David Stewart

CHILLED: Freshly shorn sheep and an alpaca enjoyed a shaded enclosure cooled by an industrial fan at Morisset Show on Sunday afternoon. Picture: David Stewart

POLICE intervened when animal rights activists clashed with patrons at the rodeo at Morisset Showground on Saturday night.

The activists displayed signs with messages such as ‘Bulls feel heat and pain’ and ‘Your attendance supports cruelty’.

Activist spokesperson Amy Johnson said about 30 protesters “informed participants of the cruelty” endured by animals at the rodeo.

A police spokesperson said officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command attended the showground shortly before 6pm and “spoke to both sides”. There were no arrests.

Morisset Show organisers said they took measures to mitigate against heat stress for all livestock, such as rescheduling some events for early in the morning.

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