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Petitioning Head of Programming, CBC Sports Trevor Pilling

Stop broadcasting rodeo cruelty at the Calgary Stampede


This July, CBC Sports will once again broadcast the Calgary Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon races, despite the fact that rodeo is considered inhumane by major animal welfare agencies around the world.

Rodeos depend on exposing animals to fear, pain and stress to make them perform. How can that be acceptable in the 21st century? Almost every year, animals die needlessly at the Stampede. More than 80 have died since 1986.

Why is the CBC, our national public broadcaster, treating rodeo as entertainment when animals suffer in events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling? Terrified calves, just a few months old, are chased across an arena, roped to a sudden halt, thrown to the ground and tied up. Steers have their necks twisted until they fall to the ground - one died in the steer-wrestling event in 2014 and another in 2013.

Compassionate Canadians need to let CBC Sports know that animal abuse is not a sport.

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