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Too soon to say that Stampede chuckwagon race is safer

  VHS and animal advocates across Canada are relieved and pleased that no animal deaths were reported at this year’s Calgary Stampede. The Stampede says that safety measures it implemented for its chuckwagon race have had an impact.  We hope that is the case, but in fact it’s too soon to say. There have been three years since 1986 in which there were no

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CBC used false information to defend Calgary Stampede

  The CBC has been using false information in its responses to concerns about animal welfare at the Calgary Stampede and the CBC’s coverage of the Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon races. In emails to members of the public, the CBC falsely stated that the Alberta SPCA works with the Calgary Stampede and is on-site monitoring events.  The Alberta SPCA has denied that this is the

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Why is animal lover Jann Arden promoting the Calgary Stampede?

Let Jann Arden know that rodeo is cruel – see actions below. Singer Jann Arden, long known as an animal lover, has been named as a joint-parade marshall for the Calgary Stampede parade, the event that kicks off the ten-day rodeo, fair and chuckwagon races. The announcement is a surprise, given Arden’s previously stated opposition to the chuckwagon races, shown in this tweet from

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Why is a convicted wildlife poacher on the board of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association?

VHS calls for removal of rodeo association board member .   The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Animal Welfare Guide states that it “supports the responsible and humane use of animals and believes that all animals utilized in entertainment, industry and sport should be afforded proper care and management.” Presumably, this includes the “sport” of hunting but one of the CPRA’s board directors, Cody Cassidy, doesn’t seem

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CBC to broadcast rodeo cruelty again

CBC Sports is once again planning to broadcast the rodeo and chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. CBC continues to ignore the fact that a majority of Canadians are opposed to using animals in rodeos, as shown in recent polls.  Our national public broadcaster is supposed to reflect Canadian values.  Instead, it persists in broadcasting events that subject animals to fear, pain, stress and

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Why is the UBC alumni association promoting the Calgary Stampede’s cruel rodeo events?

      It’s surprising and disappointing to learn that the University of British Columbia’s alumni association, Alumni UBC, is offering a trip to the Calgary Stampede rodeo to its members. It’s disappointing for obvious reasons – animals shouldn’t suffer for the sake of entertainment – but surprising because universities and their wider communities are often the agents of progressive social change. A number

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Great news: Abbotsford rodeo cancelled!

  The Abbotsford Agrifair’s rodeo has been cancelled.  Organizers say the decision to cancel the rodeo was made to save money, but the event has been surrounded in controversy because of the inhumane treatment of rodeo animals. VHS has been campaigning against the Abbotsford rodeo for years, calling media and public attention to cruel events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling. Last year, nearly 2000 VHS

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Poll: Most Canadians oppose rodeo

  So why does CBC keep broadcasting it? VHS has long criticized CBC Sports for broadcasting the Calgary Stampede rodeo.  The CBC has refused to end its coverage despite the clear evidence that animals suffer in rodeos.  They’ve told us that the Stampede is “a longstanding Canadian tradition and is popular with millions of Canadians across this country.” Really? The facts show that when

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Poll shows BC is turning against rodeo

We’re changing hearts and minds in the battle against rodeo cruelty in B.C. A new public opinion survey by polling company Insights West shows that 62% of British Columbians are opposed to using animals in rodeos.  That’s up six percentage points from a 2013 Insights West poll on the same issue which showed 56% opposed. The new poll also found that only 32% of

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Calgary Stampede under fire for purchasing favourable “journalism”

Canadaland reports that in 2011, the Calgary Stampede commissioned a piece to run in prestigious magazine Canadian Geographic. Journalist Curtis Gillespie thoroughly investigated, and ultimately wrote a piece entitled “Rodeo under scrutiny: The debate over animal care at the Calgary Stampede.”   Among other things, the balanced piece explained that horses were bred specifically to buck; horses who didn’t buck wildly enough were slaughtered.

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