The massive Alberta flood may be the latest, greatest challenge faced by the iconic Calgary Stampede, but the event heralded as one of Canada’s largest and best-known tourist draws still has old adversaries to deal with.
The annual campaign against the traditional calf roping event has begun anew, pitting the usual cadre of animal rights activists against a high-testosterone competition that harkens back to Canada's rough riding pioneer days.
The Vancouver Sun published on Tuesday an editorial by Vancouver Humane Society director Peter Fricker, who called calf roping a "sadistic sport" that should be banned in Canada.
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So, it's indisputable that calf roping inflicts pain and fear on animals. Yet crowds of people pay to see it and CBC Sports puts it on television. Think about it. Watching three-month-old, defenceless animals suffer is a spectator sport in 21st-century Canada.
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