3 more than had to die

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3 more than had to die

Well, the 3rd animal died today at the Calgary Stampede: a steer was killed in the steer “wrestling” competition.

So far two horses and have been killed in races in addition to today’s steer at this year’s Stampede, which is Canada’s largest rodeo event.

Here’s what the rodeo has to say about it: “To lose an animal regardless of the circumstances is always difficult for the Stampede and all the rodeo participants.” Yeah, difficult in terms of PR and cost for the poor animal.

This is just plain wrong. There was no reason for this 1 year-old steer to die. He was killed as part of entertainment, and he never chose to take part in an event where he would get yanked around by a cowboy. He never chose to die after sustaining a spinal cord injury.

This is what steer wrestling looks like. (Image © Kile Morrison from Flickr)

This is what steer wrestling looks like. (Image © phatman from Flickr)

This is just plain pointless, and there can be no justification for entertainment like this.


4 Comments

dawnofanewera

July 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

“To lose an animal regardless of the circumstances is always difficult for the Stampede…” to continue justifying that these vicious events are plain fun.
And what does ‘regardless of the circumstances’ mean..? What a bunch of jargon.

Bea Elliott

July 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

So pointlessly barbaric. Nothing I’d want to associate anything of our “American tradition” with. It’s embarrassing for grown people to find this type of activity “entertainment”. It speaks volumes of our blood lust culture.

Joanne

July 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

I love how the pro rodeo people keep insisting that they do the animals no harm and that they are really upset in the “rare” occasion that animals die. How can you kill someone when you are doing them no harm?

veggie vancouver

July 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I agree with your post and with the comments. It’s totally barbaric and upsetting.

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