Calgary Stampede still facing cancellation

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing,… Continue reading Calgary Stampede still facing cancellation

No Stampede this year could force some cowboys to leave rodeo sports

Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races consistently result in injury and death of the horses used for this barbaric and archaic event.

Retired chuckwagon driver concerned sport won't survive if rodeos cancelled Natalie Valleau, reporting for CBC News, writes on Mar 25, 2020: The rodeo world is worried about the future of the Calgary Stampede this summer and many are wondering how the pandemic will impact their sport. Last week, the Calgary Stampede temporarily laid off 80 per… Continue reading No Stampede this year could force some cowboys to leave rodeo sports

Three more chuckwagon horses killed totalling 6

Three horses were killed at Sunday night's chuckwagon races as the 10-day Stampede wrapped. The 2019 Calgary Stampede is now tied for second place as the deadliest year for chuckwagon horses in more than three decades. In total six chuckwagon horses were killed — four of them from the same driver's team. The papers say… Continue reading Three more chuckwagon horses killed totalling 6

Kill chuckwagon racing

by VIVIAN FARRELL I don't think anyone can argue with the fact that Canada's Calgary Stampede chuckwagon race is deadly to horses.  Can chuckwagon racing be made safer? I don't think so. As with any type of competition where speed is central to winning, speed kills. Here you are asking half a ton of animal… Continue reading Kill chuckwagon racing

Calgary Stampede kills third chuckwagon horse

VIDEO REPORT How about these thoughts from an insider? Keith Ward: "I am a former rodeo contestant, and still watch and attend the Stampede. I know the care taken in rodeo to prevent animal injury, and how well the bucking horses and stock are looked after in most cases. I won't say all cases… Continue reading Calgary Stampede kills third chuckwagon horse

Tracking Canada’s horse slaughter trade from Alberta to Japan

HORSE SLAUGHTER. Source Article: VICE. By Anna Brooks (June 15, 2017) — Walking through the Calgary International Airport, you'll pass a bronze statue of wild horses running. Entitled "Breakaway," the immortalized horses were intended to be a metaphor for Calgary's spirit and strength. But there's another story of horses at the Calgary airport, a story some… Continue reading Tracking Canada’s horse slaughter trade from Alberta to Japan

Calgary Stampede: Torturing cows and horses is wrong, outdated and illegal

Chuckwagon Race at the Calgary Stampede - deadly to horses. Photo: Metro News Canada.

Cross-posted from the Globe and Mail by CAMILLE LABCHUK Camille Labchuk is an animal-rights lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice Canada THERE'S little doubt that using animals for entertainment is rapidly becoming unacceptable. Shifting public perceptions first forced Ringling Brothers to retire elephants from circuses, and soon after compelled SeaWorld to end its orca… Continue reading Calgary Stampede: Torturing cows and horses is wrong, outdated and illegal

Historic Big Hitch of horses to ride again in Calgary Stampede Parade

Bronco busting at the Calgary Stampede, July 11, 2011. Getty Images.

Is it that time again for the deadly Calgary Stampede? And this Big Hitch thing. What is the fascination with these types of things? Ah yeah, it's man's ego again. That's all this is about. Notice the title too. It sounds like the horses are riding instead of pulling. How far and for how long?… Continue reading Historic Big Hitch of horses to ride again in Calgary Stampede Parade

Tradition is a stale myth and an unacceptable excuse for rodeo abuse

A cowboy and his horse kick up dust out on the range. Photo Credit:

UPDATED July 6, 2016 by VIVIAN GRANT Heritage and tradition are often the first lines of defense when it comes to excusing the cruelties and abuses animals are subjected to in sport and entertainment. Rodeos are no exception. In an excellent article for the Calgary Herald entitled "Stampede rodeos a stale myth", Peter Fricker, Communications… Continue reading Tradition is a stale myth and an unacceptable excuse for rodeo abuse