Animal rights activists are calling for a boycott of the Abbotsford Agrifair, unless the event drops several so-called ‘cruel’ rodeo events.
Peter Fricker says the Vancouver Humane Society is pushing for the elimination of Calf roping, steer-wrestling, and team roping.
“Well all of these events involve subjecting animals to fear, pain, and stress to make them perform. And we think that’s unacceptable in a modern society and a civilized society.”
“We think that because of the animal cruelty that takes place, people need to send a strong message to the Agrifair by boycotting the rodeo and letting them know that this is no longer acceptable.”
Fricker says the Cloverdale Rodeo dropped the events in 2007 – and hasn’t seen attendance drop.
“The Cloverdale fair has sen no impact on attendance. It’s now a much more family friendly affair, and we think that’s the direction the Agrifair should go in as well.”
The Abbotsford Agrifair did not return a request for comment.