CALGARY HUMANE SOCIETY’S POSITION STATEMENT
ANIMALS IN ENTERTAINMENT
“The Calgary Humane Society opposes the use of animals for any form of entertainment in which they are placed at risk of suffering undue stress, pain, injury or death.”
CALGARY HUMANE SOCIETY’S ROLE IN THE CALGARY STAMPEDE
As indicated in the Society’s position statement on animals in entertainment (above), the CHS fundamentally opposes high risk rodeo events like chuckwagon racing, calf-roping, and steer wrestling. While other organizations may wish to intervene to change rodeo and the Stampede through protest or other advocacy means,the CHS has found it can best protect the interests of the animals involved by working with organizations that put on such events.
Over more than a decade of work with the Calgary Stampede, Calgary Humane Society has been instrumental in significant changes that have reduced injuries (for example, changes to the chuckwagon track that reduced stress fractures to the legs of horses; penalizing of calf-roping that yanked the calf backward) and eliminated certain high risk events (like wild cow milking).
CHS does its work by providing recommendations (see attached documents) to rodeo organizations, by following up on public complaints, and by having its Peace Officers attending these events to ensure the province’s Animal Protection Act (APA) is upheld. As the agency responsible for enforcement of provincial and federal animal protection acts within the City of Calgary, the Calgary Humane Society’s primary role at the Calgary Stampede is enforcement of this legislation.
The Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers attend every day of the Stampede to monitor and ensure the animals are receiving the mandatory proper care under the law ie, food, water, shelter and care. The officers are on scene of any accident involving an animal to ensure the animal is being treated promptly, efficiently and humanely, to document what happened, and to follow up with the unresolved cases. Ultimately, the CHS wants no animal to be harmed at the Stampede – and this is the goal they expect the Stampede to work towards.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Calgary Stampede.
Calgary Herald July 10, 2011 - 36 Ways we have Improved Animal Welfare at the Calgary Stampede (article)
2011 Stampede Information (includes noted changes made to the Calgary Stampede based on input by the Calgary Humane Society and ongoing recomendations)
FOR GENERAL CONCERNS, COMMENTS OR TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, PLEASE CONTACT:
CEO Calgary Stampede
Box 1060, Station M
T2P 2K8 Canada
IF YOU WITNESS AN ACT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY OR NEGLECT AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Calgary Humane Society
4455 – 110th Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 2T7
For a definition of animal cruelty or neglect, please click here