Help stop rodeo cruelty in Montreal

What does rodeo have to do with the City of Montreal’s 375th anniversary?  You guessed it. Nothing. 

Yet, as part of the city’s anniversary celebrations, a rodeo is planned for August 24-27.  This is despite the fact that rodeos are cruel to animals, have played no part in the city’s history and are opposed by most people in Quebec and by virtually all animal welfare organizations.

The rodeo will include bull-riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc events, all of which use coercion to make the animals buck.  A flank-strap is cinched around the animals’ hindquarters, causing the stress that makes them buck wildly.

No animal should be tormented into performing for the sake of human amusement.

Montreal is hoping to attract tourists from across Canada and around the world to its 375th birthday.  Please send an email to each of the officials below and ask them to cancel this cruel event.  Click on READ THE PETITION to see the email message, the click Sign Now to send the email.

Mayor Denis Coderre

Dear Mayor Coderre

I am writing to ask you to cancel plans to include a rodeo as part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Rodeos are spectacles of animal cruelty and are opposed by virtually all major animal welfare organizations. Polls have shown that 70 per cent of Quebec residents also oppose rodeos. The City of Montreal has a great and glorious history, in which rodeo has played no part. Why not focus on the genuine heritage that people in Montreal can be proud of and that visitors want to experience?

Clearly, the rodeo is a bad idea. But it's not too late to replace it with an event that doesn't hurt animals and that everyone can enjoy. I urge you to cancel this cruel rodeo.

Sincerely,

[your signature]

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Julie Boulet, Ministère du Tourisme

Dear Minister Boulet,

I am writing to urge you to put a stop to plans to include a rodeo as part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Virtually all animal welfare organizations have determined that rodeo is cruel to animals and, according to polls, 70 per cent of Quebec residents are opposed to rodeo. So are most Canadians and many other people around the world. Visitors are attracted to Montreal for its sophistication and rich history. No one comes to Montreal to see a low-brow, archaic, cruel spectacle of animal abuse. People want non-controversial, family-friendly events that everyone can enjoy and that represent the true character and heritage of Montreal.

The news media has already started reporting on the objections to this rodeo. As word spreads of this bad idea, more people will question why Montreal has chosen such an inappropriate event for its anniversary celebration. Potential visitors from across Canada and abroad will be discouraged from coming to Montreal and the city's image will be needlessly tarnished.

I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure this cruel event is cancelled.

[your signature]

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Serge Postigo, Commissaire adjoint aux célébrations

Dear M. Postigo,

I am writing to urge you to cancel the rodeo planned as part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Virtually all animal welfare organizations have determined that rodeo is cruel to animals and, according to polls, 70 per cent of Quebec residents are opposed to rodeo. So are most Canadians and many other people around the world. Visitors are attracted to Montreal for its sophistication and rich history. No one comes to Montreal to see a low-brow, archaic, cruel spectacle of animal abuse. People want non-controversial, family-friendly events that everyone can enjoy and that represent the true character and heritage of Montreal.

This event will only attract controversy. Many people in Quebec and across Canada will be asking why such an inappropriate event was included in the anniversary celebrations. It will tarnish Montreal's reputation as a city of great culture and risk spoiling the entire objective of marking this important anniversary.

I hope you will reconsider this decision and cancel the rodeo as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

[your signature]

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You can also contact these companies that are sponsoring the rodeo:
(One company, Loblaws, has already agreed not to be a sponsor.)

 

M. Guy Cormier
President and Chief Executive Officer
Groupe Desjardins
1170, rue Peel, bureau 600
Montréal (Québec) H3B 0B1
Public Relations:
E-mail: media@desjardins.com
514-281-7000 ext: 5553436 or
1-866-7000 ext: 5553436

Yves Laverdière
President, Quebec Business Unit
IGA Canada
11281 Albert-Hudon Boul
Montreal Nord, QC
H1G 3J5
Customer Service comments on website
Tel: 514-324-8254
1-800-465-2139

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P.
2365 Chemin de la Cote De Liesse
Saint Laurent, Qc – H4N 2M7
Tel; 514-328-3466
Comment form on website

Martin Tremblay, Vice President, Public Affairs
Quebecor 
612 rue St-Jacques
Montréal, Québec
H3C 4M8
Tel : 514-380-1999
Martin.tremblay@quebecor.com

Pierre Boivin, O.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Claridge Inc.
1170 Peel, Suite 800
Montréal, Qc
H3B 4P2
Tel: 514-878-5200
info@claridgeinc.com

George Cope
President & Chief Executive Officer
BCE and Bell Canada
1 Carrefour Alexander Graham Bell
Building A, 4th Floor
Verdun, Québec
H3E 3B3
Email:  bcecomms@bce.ca
Tel: (888) 932-6666 (Voicemail)

Donations Coordinator
Bank of Montreal
129 Rue Saint-Jacques,
Montréal QC,
H2Y 1L6
Tel: 1-800-555-3000

Simon Letendre
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Bombardier Inc.
400 Côte-Vertu Ouest
Dorval, Québec
H4S 1Y9
Tel: 514 861 9481                                                                                                                                                

Customer Relations
President’s Choice 

1 President’s Choice Circle,
Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5
Tel: 1-888-495-5111
Customer feedback form

Mr. Stéphane Lemay
Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary
Power Corporation of Canada
World Trade Centre, Montreal,
751, rue du Square Victoria
Montréal, Québec
Tel: 514-286-7400
1-800-890-7440

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