What happened at the Calgary Stampede rodeo and chuckwagon races in 2024?

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  • Four animals were killed in the Calgary Stampede’s animal events in 2024: three horses used in chuckwagon racing and a steer used in steer wrestling.
  • This was the deadliest event since 2019 and brings the death toll at the Stampede’s animal events to at least 109 since 1986.
  • Animals were also roughly handled and showed visible signs of fear and stress.
  • Please take two quick actions below to protect animals from suffering in the Calgary Stampede rodeo and chuckwagon races.

Content warning: The following video depicts fatal incidents and animals showing signs of stress and fear.

What happened at the 2024 Calgary Stampede rodeo?

New footage shows stress, suffering, and serious injuries resulting in euthanasia at the 2024 Calgary Stampede rodeo. Take action to end inhumane rodeo events at:

Take action

Take the #SayNoToRodeo pledge

The majority of Canadians disagree with the use of animals in calf roping, steer wrestling, bull and bronc riding, and chuckwagon racing. Take the #SayNoToRodeo pledge to reflect your opposition to inhumane rodeo and chuckwagon events. The number of signatures will be referenced in engagement with decision-makers.

Send a message to Calgary Stampede organizers

Send a message to the Calgary Stampede calling for an end to inhumane animal events, which result in near-annual deaths and shocking suffering. Below are some key points you may wish to consider in your message.

Please use your own words and do not copy and paste. Please also remain respectful in your message.

  • Why you’re writing: Reference the fatal incidents during this year’s steer wrestling event and chuckwagon races.
  • This is an ongoing animal welfare issue: 109 animals have died since 1986 (when tracking of fatalities began) and animals die almost every year.
  • Your request: That Stampede organizers remove the rodeo and chuckwagon events from the Stampede and focus instead on the many other activities and attractions that don’t put animals in harm’s way.

Having issues with the Calgary Stampede’s contact form? You can email them directly at: