The Abbotsford Agrifair’s rodeo has been cancelled. Organizers say the decision to cancel the rodeo was made to save money, but the event has been surrounded in controversy because of the inhumane treatment of rodeo animals.
VHS has been campaigning against the Abbotsford rodeo for years, calling media and public attention to cruel events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling. Last year, nearly 2000 VHS supporters emailed the Agrifair to call for an end to such events. VHS also contacted the rodeo’s sponsors, asking them to end their support. Our campaign, backed by radio ads and social media reached thousands of Abbotsford residents and compassionate people across the province. Clearly, the message is getting through: There is no place in the 21st century for events that abuse animals for the sake of entertainment.
This is the second B.C. rodeo to fold after campaigns by VHS. In 2015, the Luxton Rodeo on Vancouver Island was also cancelled.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaigns against rodeo cruelty. With your help, we’ll continue this fight. Watch this space!