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Six horses died in one week because of the dangerous and reckless chuckwagon racing at last year's Calgary Stampede. The first—named Dylan—died from a serious internal medical condition after he collapsed during the second heat of the races. Two days later, a horse was euthanized after sustaining a fracture during the race, and the very next day, another died and three others were injured in a collision. On the final day of the event, three more died in a scene so gruesome that a tarp was used to shield the scene from public view. Horses will continue to pay with their lives until this barbaric race is stopped.
In this event, teams of horses are made to pull "pioneer" wagons around a track at breakneck speed. Animals have sustained fractured legs and broken backs and have suffered heart attacks. Rules were tightened after six horses, including four used in chuckwagon racing, died at the Stampede in 2010. Yet the death toll continues to rise.
Caring people around the world are watching and bracing themselves for more bad news for animals—and they're appalled that the chuckwagon races continue. Please urge the premier of Alberta and the minister of agriculture and forestry to end this deadly, archaic event before more horses die.