Media Release

VHS response to steer death at Calgary Stampede

July 13, 2014

Another animal dies to entertain crowds at Calgary Stampede

Vancouver Humane Society calls on Stampede to end steer-wrestling

Vancouver – The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is calling for an end to steer-wrestling at the Calgary Stampede after a steer died in the event yesterday. It is the second year in a row that a steer has had to be euthanized after suffering a severe neck injury in the event.

“This is just blatant animal abuse for the sake of entertainment,” said VHS spokesperson Peter Fricker.   “Why should an animal have to suffer and die just to amuse a crowd.”

Fricker pointed out that steer-wrestling has no relation to any ranch practice and serves no agricultural purpose.

“This is just a cruel circus event using livestock,” Fricker said. “Compassionate Canadians need to tell the Stampede to stop it.”