RSPCA says bikers too afraid of new legislation to join charity ride

THE RSPCA has accused the Newman Government’s new anti bikie legislation of costing hundreds of dollars in funds because people were too afraid to join their annual charity motorcycle ride.

Ruff Riders, a charity motorcycle ride led by racing legend Craig Lowndes, is scheduled to leave Wacol and head down to Lismore through Kilcoy on Saturday May 3.

However the ride, which was hugely successful last year, is now struggling for numbers.


“People are ringing us up and emailing saying they’re reluctant to join the ride because they’re frightened of being targeted and arrested,” said RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend, himself a proud Harley owner.

“We’ve done all the right things and informed the Police and registered the ride but people are still nervous.

Mr Townend has called on the Premier to publicly announce that the RSPCA charity event will not be affected by the controversial legislation. “People need to hear it from him,” the CEO said.

“Our assurances are not working. It’s not that people don’t want to join. They’re just nervous.”

The money raised from the charity ride will go toward increasing veterinary costs at RSPCA centres across the state.

“Over the past two years we’ve made a commitment to go the “extra yard” with the more complex veterinary operations. Orthopedic and eye operations are now the norm rather than the exception. In the end it’s all about giving animals a second chance,” Mr Townend said.