Saturday, 14 July 2012

Calgary Stampede: They kill horses, don't they?

The Calgary Stampede is celebrating its 100th year torturing animals.
My hearty congratulations on a job well done.
It wouldn't be the Stampede if at least a couple horses didn't meet their maker whilst travelling at breakneck speeds in front of a sea of silver beltbuckled potbellies. It just wouldn't be the same if cute little calves weren't running for their lives only to be hog-tied and then hoisted up by their feet in a show of macho cowboy hubris.
That wouldn't be the Calgary Stampede, no sir.
That would be a petting zoo.
Seriously, why do people buy tickets to this stuff? How is injuring innocent horses and babies the sport of Canadians? Oh wait, we have the seal hunt.
And reserves where we park our First Nations and let little kiddies kill themselves because of boredom.
This country presents well, doesn't it?
We have Celine Dion and Justin Bieber that we export.
But for the real fun, every summer here in Canada, people become feral cats who enjoy batting around critters and watching them shed their entrails. Hannibal Lecter has nothing on the Stampede.
I was reading today that the Stampede fossils are defending the chuckwagon race saying were it not for this wonderful summertime ritual, these beautiful animals would be sent to the glue factory. I don't know about you, but I think a quick shot to the head would be a more preferable death than being trampled by your colleagues whilst a large vehicle drops on your head.
You know what galls me? A movie company would incur hefty fines and criminal charges if one single hair is harmed on a dog or a cat. Hence the statement, No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Movie.
And yet our country allows cowboys to seriously torture and maim animals every single day at the Stampede.
I don't get it.
It's time that this nonsense ended once and for all. Stop taking your kids to horse massacres.
You might as well take them on a tour of an animal drug testing facility. Or an abattoir.
Our own Prime Minister stands up and calls Calgary the greatest city on Earth.
Says a lot about him.
I say the Calgary Stampede deserves an international smackdown.
Who's with me?


  1. Rose
    They shutdown HBO dustin hoffman show when they kept killing horses. Maybe there is a way to hook our prime minister up to a wagon and run him down into the United States..or better yet..mexico..cheers..dp

  2. Hey Rose
    Your single post about tom Van Dusen Sr passing has led me to many of your posts around the web. Fighting serious illness i have had five of my mental health doctors lose their licence to practice...and im still standing. The last guy took a mans wife across Europe and charged OHIP for appts with her to help pay for the trip. Her husband was a little more than upset when they got back..and the doc gave up his licence. Trying to find med documents from my last surgeon at Brockville..i find in 2009 he was caught kissing a woman..who was in the recovery room at brockville general..all of this in response to your living the $10 life story. Thanks for the beautiful writing it has helped me..struggling as well after getting tainted blood from red cross helped destroy my life and my marriage..and now has me living the $2 life..take care..dp

    1. Glad you're enjoying it. Sorry to hear about your troubles.

    2. Thanks Rose
      I would bet my home..built in the country..with help from my brothers/years ago...that suggesting "struggling artist"
      makes the pen you...would result in a swift kick in the butt...take care..doug
      ps...hope none of the many speech's you wrote were for Elizabeth the 5ft stack of documents needed for tainted blood compensation..i have a special file for Liz with her every changing position on comp package for blood victims...

  3. ok this is spooky..i go to last page of CPA magazine..and this story is mine..cept when they put me on Citalopram it gave me parkinson symptoms before getting the of thw worst nights ever..dp