Target: Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta, Canada
Goal: Cancel the cruel Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon race permanently
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held in Alberta, Canada. The event holds the Chuckwagon horse race in which teams of horses pull wagons around a track at a very high speed. These races have been deadly for many horses involved, and a lot of them end up with severe injuries like fractured legs and broken backs, sometimes even suffering a heart attack. Despite the gruesome statistics of animal cruelty during the event, riders vehemently oppose any regulations to tighten the rules; therefore it is best if the event gets cancelled altogether.
The Calgary Stampede’s deadly races have been held since 1923. There has been a growing concern with the welfare of the animals involved ever since; however, no action has been taken to protect the animals. Many argue that the Chuckwagon race may even be illegal because of Alberta’s Animal Protection Act that prohibits causing animals distress. It defines an animal in distress as one that is “abused or subjected to undue hardship, privation or neglect.” Horses that are used in these races definitely suffer hardship; therefore, these races are against the law.
Some of the injuries incurred are caused by violent crashes between the wagons. The incidents often cause fractured legs, broken backs and serious cuts. During crashes many horses get run over by other wagons or get stepped on by other horses. Often the injuries are so crippling that the horses must be euthanized. Over 50 horses have already died during the event since 1986.
Sign this petition to urge the Premier of Alberta, Alison Redford, to ban the Chuckwagon race permanently and out an end to annual animal cruelty. Not only is this practice breaking the law, it is a gruesome form of entertainment done at the expense of innocent lives lost every year.
Dear Alison Redford,
There has been a growing concern surrounding the Chuckwagon horse race at the annual Calgary Stampede fair in Alberta. The race is a cruel and gruesome form of entertainment that results in the deaths of many horses every year. Often these horses suffer during wagon crashes and sustain severe injuries like fractured legs, cuts and broken backs. These animals are then euthanized because of the crippling nature of the damage done by being run over by other wagons or stepped on by other horses.
The race also goes against Alberta’s Animal Protection Act, which states that animals shall not be put in distress — abused or subjected to undue hardship, privation or neglect. The Chuckwagon race does more than just out animals in distress, it kills them. So far there have been no regulations on these events ensuring the safety of the animals and the riders vehemently oppose them. I urge you to cancel the Chuckwagon race permanently instead and put an end to unnecessary suffering and numerous deaths.
[Your Name here]
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