The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is calling on the Calgary Stampede to cancel next year’s chuckwagon race after three more horses died in the event on the last day of the Stampede. A total of six horses have died in this year’s event.
A horse died in the race last year and more than 65 chuckwagon horses have died at the Stampede since 1986.
“This is a national disgrace,” said VHS spokesman Peter Fricker. “Horses die virtually every year in this event. The chuckwagon race clearly puts horses at undue risk of injury and death.”
VHS is calling on the Stampede to cancel the race and set up a panel of independent experts to review the event to determine if it can be made safer. Fricker said companies that sponsor the race should withdraw their support until this happens.
VHS says the Stampede rodeo should also eliminate calf-roping and steer-wrestling, which it says cause the animals fear, pain and stress for the sake of entertainment.