Animal advocates upset over return of Chuck Wagon racing at Stampede

For some, the Chuck Wagons are the main event of the Stampede, but for animal rights activists, it’s a dark and deadly event that must end.

Vancouver Humane Society teamed up with worried Calgarians to protest the return of the event to the Calgary Stampede.

The Chuck Wagon races have been on hiatus for the past two years due to the pandemic, but they return starting tonight to their familiar location to close out the show at the Stampede grandstand.

Emily Pickett, campaign director for the Vancouver Humane Society, says the Stampede should have paused to reconsider the event.

“Organizers have had two years to consider moving away from the Stampede’s most dangerous event, which results in horse deaths almost every year,” she said. “The Calgary Stampede has always provided opportunities for local artists to showcase their work, and in recent years the artistic and cultural elements of the Stampede have flourished. It is deeply shameful to see the organizers regress to this archaic and deadly event.

Pickett pointed out that in the past two decades, there have only been three years in which cart racing did not result in horse deaths: 2003, 2004, and 2016. In 2019, the last time the races had place, six horses died.

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