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
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.
Last Friday, the Vancouver Sun ran a story about the refusal of the Abbotsford News to run our anti-rodeo ad, pictured above. The ad shows a photo of the steer-wrestling event at the 2008 Abbotsford Agrifair rodeo. As the Sun’s story notes, VHS’s lawyers checked the ad. There is no legal or ethical reason not to run it. The ad is just expressing an opinion on
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur . There are encouraging signs that attitudes toward rodeo and chuckwagon races in Canada may be changing, if independent opinion in mainstream media is anything to go by. A recent editorial in the Vancouver Sun said that it was “hard to argue” with the description of the Calgary Stampede as “a spectacle of animal abuse.” In the same week, a
Rodeo animals are exposed to fear, pain and stress to make them perform. That’s not sport. That’s violence toward animals. Please sign our petition asking CBC Sports to stop broadcasting rodeo cruelty at the Calgary Stampede.
The harassment of a moose has rightly provoked shock and anger but rodeo animals face routine abuse and it’s considered entertainment. Video of several men tormenting a moose in northern B.C. has gone viral and caused outrage around the world. Conservation officers have launched an investigation and the perpetrators could face heavy fines if caught and charged. . . .
Anyone who watches CBC Sports coverage of calf-roping at the Calgary Stampede will notice that the moment the rope is tightening around the calf’s neck the camera will pan back to the rider and horse. It has long been suspected that this is to avoid showing the calf being brutally jerked to a sudden halt, which might upset viewers. This issue came up in
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals . VHS is well known for its campaigns against rodeo cruelty and many compassionate Canadians have supported our efforts. But most animal welfare organizations here in Canada and around the world also oppose rodeo. Here in British Columbia, the BC SPCA has taken a strong stand against cruel rodeo events. Most recently, in week fifteen of its Million
Tell CBC to stop broadcasting violence toward animals. Sign our petition! CBC Sports has confirmed to VHS that it will once again broadcast the Calgary Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon races in July. Despite severe budget cuts to its sports coverage, the CBC apparently is keeping its rodeo coverage intact. VHS has explained to CBC Sports executives that rodeo is considered inhumane by virtually
VHS would like to thank everyone who has supported our ongoing efforts against cruelty to rodeo animals at the Calgary Stampede. Another Stampede is over and two more animals are dead – a chuckwagon horse and a steer. The steer is the third to die in the steer-wrestling event in the last five years. More than 80 animals have died at the Stampede