Target: Calgary Stampede
Goal: To eliminate chuckwagon races from the annual rodeo
The annual Calgary Stampede rodeo has been called an important aspect of Western Canadian culture, but that might change after the events of this year’s chuckwagon races. While these races are admittedly exciting to watch, they are very dangerous to both the horses and riders, which are often involved in lethal crashes. This year, three horses have been killed and another has been seriously injured. When a lead horse fell down on the track, it pulled the rest of its team with it, and collided with another cart. Two horses were euthanized due to their serious condition.
Issues have been raised in the past about the safety of these races, and although the rodeo made some changes, they were not necessarily implemented with the welfare of the animals in mind. Horses are subjected to turning tight corners and when combined with poor physical condition, weak horses can be more susceptible to injuries. Over 50 horses have died in these rodeos since 1986, and it seems that more will continue to perish if nothing is done about it.
The owner of the lead horse who went down expressed his sadness at the loss of what he called a ‘member of his family.’ Most people wouldn’t put a member of their family in a race that could cost them their life, so why put these horses at risk? It is unfair to continue to race horses knowing that they may be involved in a crash that could take their life. While some may argue that the rodeo represents an important cultural tradition for Alberta, most probably wouldn’t agree that killing horses in these events shares that importance.
Take action now and support the ban of chuckwagon races. Calgary Stampede needs to stop overlooking the dangerousness of this event. It is unnecessary and sad to see these animals injured at the expense of human entertainment. Sign this petition to end this practice.
Dear Calgary Stampede,
In this year’s annual rodeo, several horses have been injured or killed as a result of chuckwagon races. While I recognize that these events are culturally important and exciting to watch, I ask that you ban these races completely, with the welfare of the horses in mind. It is unfair to knowingly put these animals at risk just for the sake of entertainment.
Changes in the past have been made, but clearly they’re not working. Better assessment of the horses or the track should be conducted at the very least, if a complete ban is out of the question. I urge you to consider the welfare of the horses and whether it is worth their lives to hold this annual rodeo.
[Your Name Here]