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July 11, 2011

HSI Calls on Calgary Stampede to Immediately Cancel Inhumane Chuckwagon Race Events with Horse Death

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Animals should not suffer in rodeos. The HSUS

CALGARY – Humane Society International/Canada demands the organizers of the Calgary Stampede immediately cancel all chuckwagon race events at the Calgary Stampede following the death of a horse Friday evening. HSI Canada deplores animals suffering and fatalities under the guise of sport and entertainment.

"Rodeo events such as the chuckwagon races cause unnecessary animal suffering, injury and death for the sake of frivolous amusement," said Lauren Scott, campaigner at HSI Canada. "Such events are not wholesome family fun – animal cruelty is not a Canadian value."

Throughout its history, the Calgary Stampede has been the venue for numerous acts of animal cruelty. Since its inception in 1986, chuckwagon racing has led to more than 50 chuckwagon horses being killed at the stampede, mainly due to crash injuries or cardiac arrest brought on by stress.

Chuckwagon racing was invented at the Calgary Stampede, and involves several teams of horses pulling wagons in a figure eight course and racing down a track at high speed to the finish line.

Traditionally, certain rodeos events can cause torment and stress to animals; expose them to pain, injury, or even death. While Calgary Stampede supporters try to promote an image of wild, uncontrollable animals, which must be tamed by fearless cowboys, the reality is that animals used in rodeos are ordinary farm animals coerced into fleeing, bucking or other behavior through inflection of pain and stress.

Humane Society International/Canada is calling upon the organizers of the Calgary Stampede to immediately cancel the inhumane chuckwagon races once and for all.


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Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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