OTTAWA – JULY 11 2017 - The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) calls on the Calgary Stampede to immediately end its annual chuckwagon races after a horse was euthanized on July 10 following a racing accident.
Since 1986, more than 60 animals have died or been injured at the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races, in which horses are driven to their limit for entertainment. Chuckwagon racing is known to be very dangerous for the horses involved, and it is not recognized by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
CFHS Position Statement on Rodeos
CFHS is opposed in principle to rodeo and is working toward its ultimate abolition. We believe that we can best reduce and end suffering of animals used in rodeo by targeting specific rodeo events for elimination, such as the chuckwagon races.
CFHS actively pursues every means in its power to reduce and end suffering of animals used in rodeo events by:
• opposing additions to existing rodeos of new events that are likely to cause pain, suffering or injury to animals
• opposing further proliferation of rodeos and rodeo events into regions where they are presently not held and/or where they are not a tradition
• opposing those events that involve the throwing with ropes of any animal
• opposing events that involve wrestling or fighting with any animal
• opposing the use on any rodeo animal of any device likely to cause pain, suffering or injury, and that is solely employed to alter the animal’s natural behaviour or performance
• opposing the continuance of any event once an animal has been injured in the course of the event (i.e.: animals injured during chuckwagon races).
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is available for comment on this issue.
For more information or interviews, contact:
Communications and Marketing Manager
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
613-224-8072 ext. 12
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