Written by Jeff Mackey
The always remarkable Bob Barker has sent urgent letters to the major
sponsors of the cruel Calgary Stampede encouraging them to take PETA's
advice and end their support of the deadly event.
Bob leapt into action after The Price Is Right—the game show he hosted for 35 years—began
giving away prize packages that contained trips to the Stampede and to SeaWorld. Shortly afterward, Bob contacted
the program's producers to ask them to stop promoting cruel animal
spectacles on the show.
Now Bob has gone the extra mile by writing to some of the
main companies that sponsor the Stampede—including Bell Canada, General Motors
of Canada Limited, and Anheuser-Busch International—detailing the kinds of
animal suffering that their money will be funding and urging them to withdraw
their financial backing from the event.
Rodeos are always catastrophic for animals,
but the Calgary Stampede is among the worst since they allow the use of barbaric devices that are
illegal in many other countries, including electric prods and bucking straps
(which are tightened around the animals' groins) in order to irritate and
enrage the animals.
During last year's
stampede, one horse had to be euthanized after breaking a leg on the very first day, and the previous
year's event cost six horses their lives. And that's on top of the excruciating
injuries—including broken bones, punctured lungs, internal bleeding and
bruising, and torn tendons, ligaments, and muscles—suffered by many of the
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As Bob tells the Stampede sponsors, "Surely no one
would be cheering a nine-day display of violence if the terrified horses and
calves were cats and dogs. I hope you will agree that no animal deserves to
suffer like this in the name of a tradition that should have died out with the
covered wagon's last ride."
Please join PETA and Bob Barker in telling the producer of The Price Is Right never again to offer
trips to SeaWorld or the Calgary Stampede as prizes.
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