Calgary Stampede cancelled for 1st time in almost a century

Bucking bronco horse ejects cowboy. Globe & Mail. Calgary Stampede rodeo. 2015.

'It was mandatory' The Calgary Stampede will not go forward this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Thursday. This year's event was scheduled for July 3-12, but was deemed unworkable given the ban on large gatherings and the need for physical distancing. "This is very, very tough. Stampede is such an important part… Continue reading Calgary Stampede cancelled for 1st time in almost a century

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

Backlash swift after Victoria carriage horse company calls for help

NINA GROSSMAN reporting for Victoria News reports writes: Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, running carriage rides in Victoria for 117 years, suspended operations March 19 after closed borders and travel restrictions effectively shut down the city’s tourism industry. On a GoFundMe page, the business says it’s facing the “harsh reality” that it will experience 12 months with… Continue reading Backlash swift after Victoria carriage horse company calls for help

Ojibwe spirit horses grow by one with birth of male foal

Birth of foal lifts 'spirits' at TJ Stables While spirit horses typically like to give birth in secret, owner Terry Jenkins said she had “anticipated (the mom) was going to foal soon.” “So we brought her up to the front so we could keep a closer watch on her,” Jenkins said.She added there was a… Continue reading Ojibwe spirit horses grow by one with birth of male foal

Canada is a go-to source of horsemeat. These activists are trying to change that.

According to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by the CHDC and provided to VICE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) banned shipping draft horses—a breed that can weigh more than a thousand pounds. Canadian Horse Defence Coalition image.

MACLEANS CANADA reports: The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition is waging a court battle to end Canada’s role as an exporter of live horses and frozen horsemeat for human consumption By Adrienne Tanner | March 30, 2020 Shannon Mann sat in the woods, well supplied with food, toilet paper and her video camera, waiting for the trucks… Continue reading Canada is a go-to source of horsemeat. These activists are trying to change that.

Canada’s horse slaughter plants and US ports of entry

Truck full of slaugherbound horses. Image via Glogster.com.

By JANE ALLIN MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER Horse Slaughter Plants — Canada Three slaughterhouses are federally licensed to slaughter horses in Canada: (1) Viande Richelieu Inc. in Massueville, Que.; Reg No 076; https://www.vianderichelieu.com/  (2) Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation in St-Andre- Avellin, Que.; [517 Rang Sainte Julie E, Saint-André-Avellin, QC J0V 1W0]; Reg No 505; (no… Continue reading Canada’s horse slaughter plants and US ports of entry

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

Top 10 countries ranked by horses slaughtered and horse meat production – 2018

A horse in slaughter buyer Mike McCarron's trailer in Cleburne, Texas, August, 2019. USA Today.

By JANE ALLIN MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Recall from the Introduction article in this series that the FAO stats are not always based on original datasets for countries included in their assessments. Missing values are a common problem for international datasets, stemming form countries’ non-responses to the data requests dispatched on a regular basis… Continue reading Top 10 countries ranked by horses slaughtered and horse meat production – 2018

Survey on Horse Welfare in Canada reveals a few surprises

Canadian Mare and Foal. By Patty Wilding.

HORSE CANADA | by AMY HARRIS How would equine industry members describe the welfare status of Canadian horses? Which horses do they believe are the most at risk? And what do they believe threatens horse welfare? These are just some of the questions a research team at the University of Guelph set out to answer.… Continue reading Survey on Horse Welfare in Canada reveals a few surprises

Veteran trainer Casse urges horse-racing industry to ban use of Clenbuterol

Canadian Mark Casse, champion racehorse trainer. smiles while on the phone.

DAN RALPH, writing for the Canadian Press reports: MARK CASSE wants the drug Clenbuterol out of horse racing. Casse, who's been named Canada's top thoroughbred trainer an unprecedented 11 times, called for the drug's use to be stopped in an op/ed piece Monday in the Thoroughbred Daily News. "It's a problem, absolutely," Casse said candidly… Continue reading Veteran trainer Casse urges horse-racing industry to ban use of Clenbuterol