Horse death at Calgary Stampede a needless tragedy Vancouver Humane Society says chuckwagon race should be suspended

VANCOUVER, July 9, 2011 /CNW/ – The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is calling for the suspension of the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races after the death of a horse on the first day of the event (Friday). Four horses died in the event last year and more than 50 have died since 1986.

“The Stampede’s claims to have made the race safer have been proven false,” said VHS spokesperson Peter Fricker. “It should be suspended immediately.”

Fricker said that the race was fundamentally unsafe for horses and put them at undue risk of injury or death.  “It is totally unacceptable to continue this event when horse after horse is dying just to entertain a crowd.”

Fricker said the reality of the Stampede’s poor animal welfare record had been kept from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit.  “Perhaps the Stampede should send Kate and William a video of this incident to show them what really happens during the chuckwagon races,” he said.