Green Party supports Calgary Stampede, urges end to calf roping

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will attend the Calgary Stampede again this year, showing her support for an iconic Canadian event. However, the Green Party is also supporting a call from Canadian Humane Societies to improve animal welfare by ending the calf-roping event. The Green Party would also look at ending other rodeo events that involve injury, baiting and/or causing stress and fear for the animals involved.

“The Stampede is a celebration of Alberta, of the early pioneer days and of a current way of life. It’s about being close to the land and respecting the land. That’s why I look forward to participating every year,” said Ms. May. “As with many traditions, however, impacts must be examined. More steps can be taken to protect animals, and ending calf-roping would be a positive step to keep the Stampede in touch with the times and respect public concern for compassionate treatment of animals.”

The Green Party of Canada does not support a call from the UK Green Party for Prince William and Princess Kate to boycott the Calgary Stampede.  “We welcome the Royal couple. This is a great opportunity for them to be part of a truly Canadian experience.  We hope that public pressure is respectful of the event itself, while pressing for needed change,” said Ms. May.

Elizabeth May will take part in Stampede events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She will not attend any events that have been identified for concerns about animal welfare.