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Animals and Research

Since the 1960s, the CFHS has taken a lead role in improving the welfare of animals used in research in Canada. This section provides information on some of the key issues in this area, and the CFHS’ ongoing activities.

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  • CFHS Statement on animal deaths at Calgary Stampede

    On July 12th 2014 a steer was euthanized after being severely injured at the Calgary Stampede – just days after a horse died following a chuckwagon race training session on July 8th 2014.

    This is an eerily similar repeat to the animal deaths that happened at the Stampede in 2013.

    The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) opposes rodeo events which cause pain, suffering or injury and death to animals. The CFHS is also opposed to any event that involves the wrestling or fighting of animals.

    There is no place in a humane Canada for spectator events which involve the pain and suffering of animals. Sadly the death of an animal at the Calgary Stampede in the name of entertain is becoming an annual tradition.

    Since 1986 at least 60 animals have died or been injured at the Calgary Stampede, half of which have been related to the contentious chuckwagon races.

    Ironically, chuckwagon racing is not an event that is recognized by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

    The sole purpose of the chuckwagon races appears to be excitement, show and entertainment at the expense of the life of an animal.

    The chuckwagon race reflects a shift in tradition from protecting the welfare of horses to profiting from their stress and suffering.

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    CFHS Position Statement of Rodeos

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