This story is weeks old we know. However, we do not want the death of these horses to be just a blip on everyone’s radar. This event needs to be eliminated, as all rodeo events involving horses should be. But let’s stick to this awful one for right now.
Cross-posted report from CBC News, cbc.ca
Animal rights activists want chuckwagon races suspended at the Calgary Stampede after three horses died in a crash on Thursday night.
The accident happened in the fourth heat of the GMC Rangeland Derby when the left lead horse on Chad Harden’s wagon collapsed in the back stretch.
The crash brought down the three other horses in the rig, and caused one of the two outriders and his horse to collide with the wagon.
A necropsy done Friday determined that the first horse died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm near the kidney, said Stampede spokesman Doug Fraser.
Harden and his outrider were not hurt in the crash.
The outrider horse and the right lead horse, both badly injured in the crash, were euthanized by veterinarians.
A third horse, on the right wheel, was also injured but was expected to survive.
Source: Chuckwagon horse deaths at Stampede spur protests; CBC News; Jul. 13, 2012
Protests were held Friday and Saturday by the Calgary Animal Rights Coalition who want an outright ban on rodeos. Hear, hear!
The Calgary Humane Society vows to keep working with the Stampede to protect the health of the horses. Really? How are they doing that exactly? We are glad they are not working to protect our health.
In a related article, it quotes from a statement issued by the Stampede about the accident:
“The Calgary Stampede, and the people who bring their animals to the Stampede, care deeply about the welfare and well-being of those animals. The Stampede works collaboratively to mitigate risks to human and animal competitors,” the release said.
If people who bring their animals to the Stampede care deeply about . . . they would not bring them at all. Crocodile tears. End of story.
Source: Calgary Stampede: Horse’s death caused by aneurysm, autopsy reveals; Montreal Gazette; Jul. 13, 2012
— Anderson jumps on the anti-Chucks wagon; Vancouver Sun; Jul. 17, 2012
— Chuckwagon racing gives ex-racehorses new life; Calgary Herald; Jul. 10, 2012
— Chucks driver fined $12,500 for collision that broke horse’s leg; Calgary Herald; Feb. 13, 2012