Since 2009, more than a dozen horses have died in the Calgary Stampede's chuckwagon races. Three horses had to be euthanized after sustaining crippling injuries last year when the wagons they were forced to pull collided.
Animals routinely die on the rodeo circuit, but the Calgary Stampede's statistics are particularly grim. The deadliest events are the chuckwagon races, in which teams of horses pull "pioneer" wagons around a track at breakneck speed.
Alberta's Animal Protection Act prohibits causing animals distress, and it defines an animal in distress as one who is "abused or subjected to undue hardship, privation or neglect." Since horses used in the chuckwagon races surely suffer hardship, the races may be in violation of the law.
The Stampede has been allowed to police itself for far too long, and dozens of animals are dead as a result. It's time for the government to step in and put an end to the abuse.
Please help end this cruel event by writing to Alberta Premier Alison Redford and asking her to direct Stampede management to put the cruel chuckwagon races out to pasture permanently.
Dear [Decision Maker],