Vancouver Humane Society calls for event to be suspended
VANCOUVER, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) has
called for the suspension of steer-wrestling at the Calgary Stampede
rodeo after an animal was badly injured in the event and had to be
euthanized. Another steer died in the event during the 2009 Stampede.
"Why should animals suffer and die just to entertain a crowd," said VHS
spokesperson Peter Fricker. "If these events are so hard on the
animals that it can kill them, it's obvious they are suffering pain and
Fricker said that rules changes made by the Stampede to make
steer-wrestling safe had obviously not worked. He said the event
should be suspended and reviewed by an independent panel of experts to
determine if it could be made humane and safe.
VHS says that steer-wrestling has no historical connection to ranching
and was invented for rodeos. "It has nothing to do with agricultural
heritage," said Fricker. "It's just a cruel and dangerous circus act."
SOURCE: Vancouver Humane Society
For further information:
Contact Peter Fricker: 604 266 9744 Cell: 604 603 5401