So why does CBC keep broadcasting it?
VHS has long criticized CBC Sports for broadcasting the Calgary Stampede rodeo. The CBC has refused to end its coverage despite the clear evidence that animals suffer in rodeos. They’ve told us that the Stampede is “a longstanding Canadian tradition and is popular with millions of Canadians across this country.”
Really? The facts show that when you ask Canadians across this country how they feel about rodeo, most of them are opposed to it.
A new national public opinion survey on animal welfare issues shows only three in ten (31%) Canadians are in favour of using animals in rodeos. The survey, by polling company Insights West, found that a solid majority of Canadians (63%) are opposed to rodeos and that Alberta is the only province with a majority (57%) in favour of rodeo.
VHS has relayed the results of the poll to management at CBC Sports and is awaiting a response. During the 2015 Calgary Stampede, VHS launched a petition calling on CBC to end its broadcast of the Stampede rodeo. If you haven’t signed the petition, please do. More than 11,000 people already have.
Let CBC Sports know that you are among millions of Canadians opposed to rodeo – and you are in the majority. Remind them that this is the 21st century and animal abuse has no place in modern Canada. Tell them that causing animals to suffer for the sake of entertainment is immoral. Tell them to stop putting cruelty on our television screens and calling it a sport.
Please support our continuing campaign against rodeo cruelty. We convinced the City of Vancouver to ban rodeo and we’ve won victories against the Cloverdale Rodeo in Surrey and the Luxton Rodeo on Vancouver Island. Your donation will help us win more!