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July 10, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

Canada animal rights organization demands investigation into latest horse death at Calgary Stampede

Canada animal rights organization demands investigation into latest horse death at Calgary Stampede
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Tragically, another horse died after chuckwagon race on Monday at the Calgary Stampede, the first death of 2019.

That makes almost 100 animals, that have been killed in Stampede rodeo events, since 1986, according to tracking done by the Vancouver Humane Society.

But without a doubt, the chuckwagon races have been the worst offender and cause of over half of these heartbreaking horse deaths. It is an event that prospers off of the stress and suffering of the horses forced to participate.

Animal Justice, a Canadian animal law organization, is calling on the Calgary Stampede to put an end to the chuckwagon races and other events that could cause harm to the animals involved.

"It's time for law enforcement to finally crack down on animal cruelty at rodeo events. This latest heartbreaking horse death must be fully investigated," said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, in the release.

"It's illegal under Alberta's provincial animal welfare laws to cause distress to animals, and rodeo events are not above the law. Predictably, animals die and suffer serious injuries nearly every year in chuckwagon races and other dangerous rodeo events at the Stampede. This crisis of cruelty urgently needs to be addressed by law enforcement and the courts."

Rodeo events, including chuckwagon races, calf roping, steer wrestling and cutting horses are opposed by virtually every animal protection organization worldwide because they subject animals to fear, stress, suffering and the risk of serious injury and death.

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