Society joins British animal welfare advocates in call to shun cruel
VANCOUVER, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is
asking the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge not to engage in any
activities relating to the Calgary Stampede when they visit Calgary in
July. VHS has joined the U.K.'s League Against Cruel Sports in making
VHS has written to the royal couple advising them that any involvement
with the Stampede will be portrayed as an endorsement of rodeo, which
VHS says is a spectacle of animal cruelty. VHS is suggesting that they
visit an Alberta horse sanctuary as an alternative.
"We're sure their Royal Highnesses do not want to be associated with an
activity that is illegal in Britain and that is opposed by virtually
all animal welfare organizations in the Commonwealth and the developed
world," said VHS spokesperson Peter Fricker.
Rodeos have been banned in the United Kingdom since 1934, when
Parliament passed the Protection of Animals Act (which Prince William's
great-great grandfather, George V, signed into law). Britain's RSPCA is
officially opposed to rodeos, as are the national SPCAs of the United
States, Australia and New Zealand. The Canadian Federation of Humane
Societies, which represents most SPCAs in Canada, also opposes rodeo.
The League Against Cruel Sports, one of Britain's oldest and most
respected animal welfare charities, is supporting VHS's campaign to
have calf-roping banned at the Calgary Stampede.
Last year, more than 90 members of the U.K. Parliament signed a motion
condemning cruelty at the Stampede.
VHS's campaign has also received specific statements of support from the
national SPCAs of the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
SOURCE Vancouver Humane Society
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Peter Fricker 604 266 9744 Cell: 604 603 5401
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