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."