The rodeo is a big part of the fabric of Alberta, and each summer we can look forward to it, along with the certainty that a left wing urban do-gooder in Vancouver will hate it.
Every year around Calgary Stampede time, the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) attacks the sport of rodeo and this year was no different.
Peter Fricker, VHS Director of Communications did his best rodeo bashing yet in a Huffington Post article calling the sport of rodeo “cruel”, saying the animals perform based on fear and suffering. He included pictures of animals with strange looks on their faces as some sort of proof of this cruelty.
VHS loves to attack the Chuckwagon events in particular maligning the sport for the few tragic and heartbreaking horse deaths that can happen in a worst case scenario.
Watch as I talk with one of Alberta’s most recognizable Chuckwagon drivers, Rae Croteau, about the kind of care he gives his Chuckwagon horses.
He’s an unofficial ambassador for the sport and has introduced it to a new generation of fans.
Animal rights types attack rodeo but it’s not about the animals. It’s the rodeo people they don't like. Most rodeo people are small c conservative, traditional family values, God fearing people who pray before the start of a rodeo. They like to solve their own problems, work hard for what they have and want to keep it. Rodeo people also often spend their winters working in the oilpatch to support their farms and rodeo habits.
Rodeo people are everything I love about Alberta and everything that horrifies stereotypical left wing urban Vancouver hipsters.
Rodeo attacks are just run of the mill anti-Alberta, anti-rural, anti-conservative bigotry dressed up as concern.
Photo Source: Facebook/Calgary Stampede Chuckwagons