Quebec rodeos violated province's animal welfare laws: professor

A law professor says evidence gathered during 20 rodeos held in Quebec last year suggests the events contravened the province's animal-welfare rules.

Alain Roy of Universite de Montreal is making the findings public today after submitting a report to a provincial government advisory committee on rodeos.

Roy had filed a request for an injunction almost a year ago to prevent the holding of a controversial urban rodeo during Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

A settlement in the legal dispute allowed the that rodeo to go ahead in August as well as another a month later at the popular Festival Western de St-Tite in central Quebec.

A veterinarian and a behavioural specialist examined the animals before and after the events.

The result is a 600-page report that found horses and bulls were subjected to serious risk and injuries like fractures.