“Advocating for animals isn't about being against a particular culture, it’s about promoting a culture of kindness and compassion.” -Christopher Berry, ESQ.
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"It is important that our province’s official sport reflect the passion and participation of many Albertans." - Constituency Assistant, Calgary
On a spectrum of participation, rodeo would find itself extremely inaccessible for persons with disabilities, and therefore does not align with the Red Deer Declaration For the Prevention of Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport.
105 animals have lost their lives in Stampede rodeo events since 1986, this does not include animals killed during practice sessions, nor rodeo’s countless collateral deaths.
Only 2 of 8 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association events and 1 of 9 events at the Calgary Stampede, the largest outdoor rodeo in North America, are women's events.
A 2016 report by Alberta Culture and Tourism did not identify rodeo as a common sport of high interest and participation in the province. How can a sport with so little participation be representative of Alberta culture?
“[Bill 212] definitely does not promote inclusion.” - Advocate for Persons with Disabilities (AB)
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