I recently participated in a petition drive aimed at the Calgary Stampede. The petition was originated by the Vancouver Humane Society which attempted to change the hearts and minds of the Calgary Stampede regarding their calf roping event. Calf roping is when a baby cow is sent running into an arena chased by a man twirling a rope riding on a horse. The rope, which is connected to the horse, is flung and lands over the calf's neck. The horse is directed to stop thus jerking the calf to the ground. It is important to note that the calf is jerked by the neck thus choking the calf to the ground. The man then dismounts the horse, runs to the calf, and aggressively wrestles the calf to the ground and ties his feet together. The crowd cheers while the calf and horse wait to be set free.
Calf roping is an abusive form of entertainment which is justified by the Calgary Stampede as being common practice on the ranch. On the ranch calf roping is used to immobilize the calf in order to brand, poke and prod to ready the calf for slaughter well before his natural life would have ended. When I received a response from the Calgary Stampede I noticed that the event Calf Roping was changed to Tie Down Roping. The Stampede using semantics to draw attention away from the use of a baby cow in this brutal event. The Stamped also sited a PHD in livestock behavior and product animal health to discredit those who support the petition drive of the Vancouver Humane Society as emotional judgments over science. The PHD sees these animals as products, not individuals, so I would image his scientific research sides with Stampede. I even received a YouTube video link from the Stampede justifying their abuse of baby cows but I heard no science in the video. Here is the link: