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Animal Justice’s Rodeo Cruelty Prosecution Efforts Make International News

Calf RopingThis year at the Calgary Stampede rodeo, four horses were killed during the infamously dangerous chuckwagon racing event. One competitor was disqualified for animal cruelty. Countless animals were subjected to fear, pain, and risk of injury and death.

Rodeo is opposed by virtually all animal protection organizations in the world. Internationally respected large animal veterinarian and former rodeo participant Dr. Peggy Larson has stated, “it is impossible to create a humane rodeo.”

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Animal Justice’s Statement on Fourth Horse Death at Calgary Stampede

Chuckwagon racing at a rodeo. "Chuck Wagon Racing " by russavia is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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On the last day of the Calgary Stampede rodeo, yet another horse was killed, bringing the death tally for this year alone to four.

The Calgary Stampede says that it is “going to look hard and find out what we can be doing differently to achieve a better result”.

“The Calgary Stampede’s plan to undertake yet another review of its animal welfare policies is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house,” stated Anna Pippus, director of farmed animal advocacy with Animal Justice. “Industries that gain financially from animal suffering should not be left to self-police. This is a clear conflict of interest.”

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