The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Will and Kate, will be visiting Canada from June 30 to July 8.
One of the events they will be attending, next Thursday, July 7, is the Calgary Stampede.
Here’s how the League Against Cruel Sports describes what happens there:
During the Stampede, animals are subjected to immense stress and cruelty in events such as calf roping, where the calf is goaded, prodded, and often has its tail twisted to ensure that it bursts out of its chute at full speed. The terrified calf is then chased by a mounted rider who must lasso the calf, jump off his horse, pick up the calf, slam it to the ground and tie all three of its feet together.
The League also points out that not only are these races extremely dangerous for all the animals involved, but very few years have passed in which fatalities have not occurred. In 2010 six horses died during the rodeo.
With the Royal visit to Canada predicted to draw 1300 journalists and worldwide press attention, a visit to the Calgary Stampede will act as an endorsement by the Royals of a form of animal cruelty that has been illegal in the UK for 80 years.
Please sign the petition to Clarence House, asking Will and Kate not to support this cruel event.
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