Updated: Thu May. 31 2012 19:03:43
For the first time, the Calgary Stampede is acknowledging its unwanted rodeo horses are sent to an Alberta slaughterhouse for meat.
Stampede officials say the slaughterhouse in Fort Macleod is a destination of last resort for a very few number of the male horses that can’t be trained to buck.
“The selection would be in the order of 20 horses a year that wouldn’t be suitable for something else and would have to go this route,” says Dr. Greg Evans, a Stampede veterinarian.