2 Horses and a Steer Dead at Canada’s Cruel Calgary Stampede

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The death toll continues to climb at the 2024 Calgary Stampede, where two horses were euthanized after sustaining catastrophic injuries during highly controversial chuckwagon races on July 5 and 6 and a steer had to be put down after his neck was twisted backward and he crashed to the ground during a rodeo on July 8.

PETA is calling for Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation RJ Sigurdson to end the chuckwagon races, long condemned by animal defenders.

This graphic video appears to show a steer as he sustains a fatal injury at the 2024 Calgary Stampede:

The Calgary Stampede is a death trap for animals, as illustrated by the number of injured and dead ones hauled away from it nearly every year.

What’s Wrong With the Calgary Stampede?

At the dangerous Calgary Stampede, teams of horses are forced to pull covered wagons around a track at breakneck speed. Throughout the ordeal, they can be seen foaming at the mouth with their eyes rolling back in their heads. Horses at the event have sustained fractured legs and broken backs and experienced heart attacks.

Rules were tightened at the Stampede in 2010, 2015, and 2019, yet the death toll continues to rise. The Stampede was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and there were no chuckwagon races in 2021—but the cruel event has since resumed, and so have the deaths. One horse died in 2022, and another died in 2023.

Here’s How You Can Help Horses and Other Animals

More than 70 animals have died during the Stampede’s foolhardy and cruel chuckwagon races alone, and PETA is calling for an end to these deadly events in the name of decency and compassion and urging everyone to stay away.

horses in chuckwagon race, like those seen at the calgary stampede

Animal protection organizations across Canada and countless Canadian residents have joined PETA in calling for an end to the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.

Please urge the premier of Alberta and the minister of agriculture and irrigation to end this deadly event before more horses die:
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