Tommy Lee: 'Cancel Calgary Stampede Races'

Motley Crue drummer wants chuckwagon race cancelled.

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Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is urging Calgary Premier Alison Redford to cancel the chuckwagon race at this year's annual Calgary Stampede event because of the danger to horses that the event incurs.

While new safety measures were introduced to the event last year, three animals still had to be euthanized following wagon crashes. Chuckwagon races, in which teams of horses compete to pull wagons around a track the fastest, are the deadliest stampede events for the animals. In the past 20 years, 50 horses have died at the events. As CBC News reports, Tommy Lee has written a letter to Alison Redford containing the following comments:

"There was a time when cowboys respected their horses, instead of riding them to death just to show off for a crowd. The only way to make these races safe is to cancel them."

"It'd be easy to get off on western tradition without this bloody spectacle. Dude, it's the old west, not Ancient Rome!"

Tommy Lee has also extended an invitation for Redford to attend the band's show in Calgary this evening (April 29th).

"Thanks for your time," he wrote, "and if you want to see a really wild show, I'd love to have you as my guest in Calgary on Monday."

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    I mean the guy banged Pamela Anderson. I'd listen to him.
    I know it's been a long time since Motley's heyday, & Lee has been a sort of "animal rights activist" for a few years now, but... he used to wear a LOT of leather pants... this guy has probably worn about 50 cows around his giant dong.
    Alison Redford is premier of Alberta, not Calgary. Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta. Come on. Seriously.
    haha Calgary premier. I believe it's the duke and duchess of Clalgary that he should talk to. As is tradition.
    I don't normally have alot of time for PETA and their associates (I'm an animal lover I just hate the organistation and their arrogance), but this seems like a no-brainer. If an average of 3 horses die every event then clearly they need to stop that sh*t...
    I thought I was the only one who thought this! I'm all for stopping animal cruelty, but PETA are just doing it the wrong way completely.
    I can see what he's saying about a danger to the animals, but what's he suggesting as an alternative? If you've got additional suggestions for a safer way to do these races, good on ya Tommy. Until then, you wont get anyone to listen.
    Don't Ask
    Pretty sure that he said that "The only way to make these races safe is to cancel them". In other words, he's not putting forward an alternative, nor does he want to, but rather wants the races to stop completely. I'm quite sure that some will listen to that, actually.
    I live in Calgary and can weigh in on this ongoing debate. The animals (horses in this case) are very well taken care of. The owners of these horses treat them better than most other animals are ever treated. That being said, whether or not they are treated well does not change the fact that the owners risk the animals lives in order to make money. I agree with Tommy.
    If Tommy didn't take the time to confirm what the province was called... How seriously should be be taken? Calgary is just one of many rodeo stops? Why is he singling out them? Oh, his band is playing there and tickets aren't selling so good? Makes sense.
    Wow, I guess everyone has to have a cause. No matter how insignificant it may be.
    some washed up drummer who's band hasn't been relevant for the past 15 years or so thinks that just by him saying "i dont like this" that magically it will stop despite potentially thousands of other protesters he thinks TOMMY LEE'S MAGIC OPINION will just make it all stop. besides how the **** does anyone from motley crue think that them taking a moral stance can have any impact? the most immoral bunch of bastards on the planet and you want people to take you seriously?! go home
    Scavedge [VR]
    First off, does his fame take away his write to protest? And secondly, both he and Nikki have done plenty to help others and fight for what they believe in in the past decade. Read up before writing down.
    sorry Tommy but the reason for the deaths last year was due to a horse having an aneurisum part way through the race, these can happen at any time like say when your playing the show tonight, they happen out of the blue!