AR-News: Calf roping and other rodeo abuse--on front page,
and in most major
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Subject: DawnWatch: Calf roping and other rodeo abuse--on front page, and in most major
DawnWatch: Calf roping and other rodeo abuse -- on front page, and in most major papers, in Canada
The rodeo, taking place at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede in Canada, is
covered on the front page of the Thursday, July 10, Calgary Herald, with two
animal friendly stories.
Wendy-Anne Thompson's article, "Animal-rights protesters try to drum up
support," opens by telling us that the Calgary Animal Rights
Coalition are asking people to boycott the rodeo. She quotes Michael
Alvarez-Toye, coalition spokesman:
"There's nothing wrong with having a party. But there's something dreadfully
wrong when you're exploiting life for the easily amused."
"Last year, seven animals died during Stampede. One died of a heart attack
the first night. Five other horses also died -- two chuckwagon horses had to
be euthanized, one after suffering a broken shoulder, the other a broken
ankle. A calf from the roping event was also killed after breaking its leg.
Roughly four animals die during Stampede every year. The only year there
were no animal deaths was 1998. The worst year for animal deaths was 1986,
when 11 animals died."
You'll find the whole story on line at:
This Tiny URL might work better for you:
The other rodeo related front page story, by Daryl Slade, is headed, "New
name, same old calf roping: Stampede event now called tie-down roping."
I took particular notice of it, not just because it was on the front page,
but also because at the recent animal rights conference in Washington DC I
had a booth near Steve Hindi's. He displayed many calf-roping videos. The
images of baby animals fleeing from men on horseback, being jerked in the
air, slammed onto their backs, and having their legs tied up, as an arena of
people watched, oblivious to the animals' panic and pain have haunted me
As the title of the article says, the name has changed, the 'sport' has not.
You'll find the article on line at:
This tiny URL may work better:
Slade's article also appeared, with different titles, in:
The Edmonton Journal -- "Say goodbye to 'calf roping'" -- July 10, pg B4
The Edmonton Journal takes letters at: letters at thejournal.southam.ca
The Montreal Gazette -- A calf by any other name -- July 10, pg A13
The Gazette takes letters at: letters at thegazette.southam.ca
and Saskatoon's Star Phoenix -- Name games: Rodeo event goes for a kinder,
gentler image -- July 10, pg B1
The Star Phoenix takes letters at: letters at thesp.com
The Calgary Stampede event, currently making news all over Canada, gives
Canadians, and those from outside Canada, particularly those associated with
Humane Organizations, an opportunity to send letters to the editor regarding
our treatment of other species.
The Calgary Herald, which ran the two stories mentioned above on its front
page, takes letters at:
letters at theherald.southam.ca
Link: mailto:letters at theherald.southam.ca
Email addresses for the other papers that ran the calf roping story are also
given above, with the article listings.
Steve Hindi's website, for his organization SHARK (Showing Animals Respect
and Kindness) is an excellent source of information on rodeos:
Yours and the animals',
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