A call to ban rodeos in Queensland after the "ghastly" deaths of two animals in Mount Isa is set to fall on deaf ears.
The deaths of the steer and horse at the Mount Isa Rodeo have sparked animal welfare groups to reiterate their disapproval.
They have called for sponsors, including the state government, to pull their support.
"Animals are dying to entertain," Animal Liberation Queensland said.
"Two deaths in one day is ghastly."
The group claims there is no way to guarantee the safety of animals at the events.
The rodeo, Australia's biggest, was opened by state Tourism Minister Kate Jones on Friday.
Hundreds of animals including steers, bulls and broncos being ridden, chased and lassoed by around 600 competitors over four days are "well looked after", organisers claim.
"Sometimes animals do unfortunately get hurt. It's a very, very sad moment," rodeo arena director Steven Hilton said.
"(But) the mortality rate of livestock in rodeo is far less on a percentage basis than they are running out in paddock."
The call to ban rodeo's is backed by the RSPCA.
In April, two bulls were euthanised during a rodeo in Brisbane.