PETA Statement: First Horse Dies at Calgary Stampede This Year

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2022

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Calgary, Alta. – Despite warnings from PETA and animal advocates from across Canada, chuckwagon races are proceeding at the Calgary Stampede—and one horse used in them has already sustained a grave injury and been euthanized. Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman:

Catastrophic injuries and deaths will be inevitable as long as the Calgary Stampede forces horses to pull wagons at breakneck speeds. Since more than 70 gentle horses have been run to death at this event so far, PETA is calling on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to end the chuckwagon races before the death toll rises.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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