When Tommy Lee hits the stage tonight in Calgary, Alberta, there may be a special guest in the audience to watch him drum upside down: Alison Redford, the premier of Alberta. Tommy invited her to the Mötley Crüe concert so that she could experience a “really wild show” that doesn’t involve injuring and killing animals. He hopes to convince the premier to use her influence to put a stop to the deadly chuckwagon races at the annual Calgary Stampede.
In the races, teams of horses are made to pull “pioneer wagons” around a track at breakneck speeds. They often collide with each other or the wagons, and more than a dozen horses have died in the event since 2009. Even after Calgary Stampede officials passed new rules last year that were intended to make the races safer for horses, three horses still sustained crippling injuries and had to be euthanized. Tommy is all for having a wild and crazy time but not when animals have to die for it.
The horses forced into the chuckwagon races die of heart attacks, broken necks, broken legs, and other injuries,” he wrote to Redford. “It’d be easy to get off on western tradition without this bloody spectacle. Dude, it’s the old west, not ancient Rome!
What You Can Do
Join Tommy Lee in asking Redford to put the brakes on the chuckwagon races and save horses’ lives.