Tell Will and Kate Not To Support The Rodeo

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.

Photo Credit: Erik Charlton via Creative Commons


Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Yes, Carolanne, but it wasn't necessarily Care2 that resurrected it, but possibly
"ann b" who came across it and didn't read the date. Whatever, Suba replied without realizing the date, and so did I. I had this "checked" to track as I had commented on it two years ago, and never UNCHECKED it. After all, many of us follow dozens of discussions in here, so should we be expected to UNCHECK them all on a regular basis? I spend too much time in here as it is, and all I can hope for is that the articles die out a 'natural death" after some point in time.

When this article was written, it was "sort of" factual in that William and Kate WERE planning on attending the Calgary Stampede and in, fact, did, but it was in 2011!

Carolanne Powell
C Powell4 years ago

signed! but what's the comment about resurrecting an old post? Is this true Care2??

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Oh, I didn't even notice the date of this article, since I was more incensed by the TITLE in the first place! I wondered WHY on earth Kate would risk visiting a rodeo so close to giving birth to her first child, and actually "Googled" the dates of the Calgary Stampede, which did not correspond to the dates listed in this article...............that's because the article is now TWO YEARS OLD!

Why ON EARTH is this being resurrected again? If somebody wants to write an appropriate article against rodeo or this particular event, then please do so, but don't drag up an OLD, OLD article! I got "fooled" by it, I admit. I'm now going to UNCHECK the "tracking" box.

Suba, you got "fooled" as well, I see..........we can "blame" Ann B., I guess.

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

I won't waste my time, sorry. The Calgary Stampede does include an event that needs to be stopped, and that's the "Suicide Race", but the regular rodeo events are not cruel, and as described in this article, not even factual. A calf roper doesn't SLAM the calf to the ground and then rope it's "3 feet" together..........a calf has FOUR legs, people! The calf's tail is not twisted to "ensure it bursts out of the gate at full speed", a calf might have it's tail held upright to subdue it as that is a normal procedure used to control both young calves and young foals (horses). That most certainly would not cause the calf to "burst out at full speed", quite the opposite. As usual, Ms. Molland has no clue what she's writing about........just figures it must be a good cause and runs with it.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


ann b.
Ann B4 years ago

Signed. Wish William and Kate would make a stand against such things because it might make more people realise how cruel and wrong it is. Similarly thought how much good the Royal family could have done if they had stood against the making of soldiers hats from bear skins, they must have had this issue brought before them a number of times. They never did though.

Helene S.
Helene S6 years ago

Pétition signée

Edmond C.
Edmond C6 years ago