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Calgary Stampede says it is stamping out animal deaths

It is too early to tell whether this year's rodeo will result in animal deaths, but activists are already protesting outside Stampede grounds. Photo: Michael Kwan/Flickr

While it is too early to tell whether this year's Calgary Stampede will result in any animal deaths, activists are already protesting outside Stampede grounds, urging the public to boycott the corporations that sponsor the 10-day event, which begins today.

They have cause. Since 1986, 59 animals at the Calgary Stampede have died or been euthanized. Of that number, 51 have been horses.

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Animal Cruelty

This guide to animal cruelty around the world is a (slightly graphic) educational resource illuminating unjust and torturous conditions for animals. There are lots of practices around the world and right here at home that abuse animals for no other reason than to raise profits or to avoid finding another, ethical alternative to their use.

 

Case in point: the use of live baby chicks as packing peanuts in poultry deliveries, as a way to keep the “order” warm.

 

This guide goes through various examples of animal abuse, but also includes some other components:

 

-definitions of animal cruelty

-resources to discuss factory farming

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Ethical Pet Adoption

If you’re looking for a way to adopt a cat, dog or other animal in need of a home, check out Petfinder. This is a great way to search for pets at local rescue organizations.

You search by your postal code (or zip code for American friends) and can take a look at the available pups and other cuddly partners. There are so many wonderful animals in rescue centres that are overlooked in favour of breeders or other pet sources. These pets need to loving and stable households to care for them.

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Horses Without Carriages

Are you a horse lover? If you’ve ever passed horse drawn carriages in Central Park or another big city, you might have thought the lovely animals seemed quite out of place among fire hydrants, bright yellow cabs, and neon lights.

 

Horses Without Carriages International is a network of organizations and activists fighting for the rights of horses. The organization’s goal is to expose the “injustice, cruelty, and inhumanity in the urban horse-drawn carriage tourist trade.”

 

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