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Pledge not to attend the Cloverdale Rodeo events

Pledge now not to attend the rodeo events at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

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The BC SPCA is urging animal lovers to speak out against the rodeo events at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, which is returning for the first time since 2019. When rodeo animals are made to perform, they face risks to their physical and psychological well-being all for the sake of entertainment. The animal welfare issues with rodeo include:
  • Fear – prior to being released into the arena, a bucking horse or bull is confined in a bucking chute while the contestant prepares to ride. Horses and bulls have been observed to show many signs of fear during this time.
  • Pain, injury and death – animals may suffer from abrasions, bruising or broken bones. Animals have died in rodeo events or have had to be euthanized because of their injuries.
  • Discomfort – much of the equipment used in rodeo events relies on animal discomfort to produce the desired behaviour (e.g., flank straps and spurs).
  • Poor handling practices – both cattle and equine Codes of Practice stress the importance of calm, low-stress handling techniques to improve animal welfare, which does not occur in rodeo.
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