Chuckwagon Deaths Protest at Premier’s Office

After Six Horses Are Needlessly Killed, PETA Demands an End to Reckless Races at the Calgary Stampede

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Edmonton, Alta. – Wearing horse masks to make the point that horses’ lives count, a group of PETA supporters will gather outside Premier Jason Kenney’s office to push for an end to the Calgary Stampede’s chuckwagon races, in which six horses have been killed this year alone. The protesters will display a parody of the Calgary coat of arms—one that shows a dead horse next to the word “Archaic.”

When:    Tuesday, July 16, 12 noon

Where:    Office of the Premier, Alberta Legislature Building, 10800 97 Ave. N.W., Edmonton

“The deadly chuckwagon races are an ugly throwback to a more ignorant time and are staining Calgary’s reputation,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “On behalf of its 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide including hundreds of thousands in Canada, and every kind person, PETA is calling on Premier Kenney to end these devastatingly cruel races.”

PETA notes that the Stampede adjusted its rules after six horses died in 2010—but more than a dozen horses have died since then, including one who broke a leg during the 2018 race and had to be euthanized, following a similar catastrophic incident that caused the death of a horse in 2017.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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