In February, Bob Barker told us in an exclusive interview how disappointed he was that ‘The Price is Right’ had decided to give away a trip to the Calgary Stampede. The former host of the show has long been a vocal supporter of animal rights and has spoken out against the cruelty of the Stampede’s rodeo events.
Now, Barker is once again speaking up for the animals used in the Stampede rodeo. “I would like very much to see them celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede by saying that is enough animal cruelty. Let’s wind it up and close it down,” according to Yahoo! News Canada. The rodeo events include calf-roping and chuckwagon races, and have resulted in the deaths of many animals. In 2010, six horses died, and in 2011 the Calgary Stampede claimed to have made improvements to their animal welfare requirements.
“I doubt seriously if they’ve made any great strides in making rodeo safe. I don’t know how they could and I would imagine they talk about it more than they actually do. I know that every national animal protection organization is absolutely opposed to rodeo and the Calgary Stampede is considered one of the most despicable of all rodeos in the world.”
His fellow celeb animal activist, Pamela Anderson is also speaking out against the cruelty involved in the Stampede’s rodeo events. This year’s Stampede has begun and already three horses have died in the chuckwagon races. “This reckless event — in which horses are routinely killed — must come to an end,” says Anderson in her letter to Alberta premier Alison Redford, according to the Times Colonist. “It’s clear there’s nothing that can make these races safe. The chuckwagon races must be eliminated once and for all.”
A native of Canada, Anderson says she’s “ashamed” that this event continues. She asks Redford, “Can I please hear that you’ll use your influence to convince Stampede organizers to do the right thing and permanently end these spectacles?” While Redford has not directly responded, a rep said, “It would be inappropriate for the premier to ‘use her influence’ to convince an independent organization do anything. We have the utmost confidence in the Calgary Humane Society and the Alberta SPCA, who monitor animals and events during the Stampede and enforce the Animal Protection Act if necessary.”
The Vancouver Humane Society has an ongoing campaign against the Calgary Stampede, and has created a thought-provoking ad against its calf-roping events, asking “Would you abuse a baby to entertain a crowd?”