Should the Calgary Stampede ban animal events?

Some rodeo events are a form of animal abuse, critic says


CBC Kids News (Canada)

July 5, 2019


An animal activist is calling on veterinarians to stop supporting the Calgary Stampede.


Those who put on cowboy hats and work at the annual rodeo event are "turning a blind eye to animal abuse," said Peter Fricker, communications director for the Vancouver Humane Society.


In an opinion piece for CBC News, Fricker said some of the activities at the Stampede cause the animals involved distress and discomfort.


Events like calf roping and steer wrestling also put them at risk of getting hurt, he said.


The Calgary Stampede is an event organized each year by a not-for-profit group and put on with the help of thousands of volunteers as a way to preserve and celebrate "western heritage, cultures and community spirit," its website says.


That includes a number of traditional rodeo events.


What do the vets say?


The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is against activities that cause suffering to animals that would otherwise be avoidable, president Terri Chotowetz said in an email.


She said her group supports those veterinarians who are working to "safeguard animal welfare" at the Stampede, she said.


It's not up to the CVMA to set the laws around how animals are used in sport or entertainment, Chotowetz said, but she encourages governments to keep working to improve the rules.


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