Whether they've ever sat on horse or not, Albertans are supposed to embrace the province's cowboy culture.
So the thought some wild horses that roam Alberta's grasslands could end up as pet food or gracing gourmet plates or, if they're lucky, broken to the saddle isn't sitting well with some Albertans.
They're demanding the Alberta government halt this year's planned roundup of wild horses. The horse cull is at odds with the province's western heritage, opponents say.
"Why are we killing our horses? We live in Alberta. We pride ourselves on horse culture," Anita Virginello, one of about 50 people who turned out for a protest Thursday in Calgary, told The Canadian Press. "We're home to the Calgary Stampede, numerous rodeos and ranches."
Virginello said the government was being hypocritical in promoting Alberta's cowboy culture while the province is "the horse-slaughter capital of Canada."
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