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'Horses are dying' local animal rights group protests chuckwagon racing at Century Downs

Racing towards the finish line during a chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede. Tuesday, July 9th, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Chuckwagon races have begun at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, this, after six horses were killed during this year’s Calgary Stampede.

Calgary Animal Rights Effort has protested saying all horse racing needs to come to an end. Organizer Trev Miller says they just can’t accept this is happening.

“The horses don’t agree to participate, any use of an animal is exploitation and exploitation is abuse,” he said. “Horses are dying because chuckwagon races are inherently unsafe, all horse races are inherently unsafe there’s no way to guarantee the safety of the human and of the horse participants, so all horse racing needs to come to an end.”

Last month Kristina Barnes with the Calgary Stampede spoke about chuckwagon racing.

“We strive to create the best and safest conditions possible for the horses and drivers who race our track, we also understand there are some injuries that are beyond our control,” she said. “The fatalities of race night’s three and five were unpredictable equine injuries, both horses received through veterinary inspections upon arrival here at stampede park and each night prior to racing.”

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Miller explains they are hoping government regulations will prohibit horse racing at a certain number of deaths, a threshold which he hopes has already been crossed.

“Thanks to Century Downs adding chuckwagon racing, I wonder how long it’s going to be before horses are dying in front of live audiences.”

The Century Downs chuckwagon races run until August 25.

 

With files from City News