It’s been a long dry spell for rodeo-goers in the Lower Mainland.
The pandemic and problems in Surrey kept the Cloverdale Rodeo a secret for three years.
But now the Township of Langley is being asked to consider a rodeo for the Labor Day long weekend and the idea is getting mixed reviews.
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The proposed rodeo is planned by the Valley West Stampede Society.
The event is sanctioned by Pro-Rodeo Canada and names Rich Kitos as committee chair, the former vice-president of the Cloverdale Rodeo Association.
He is named along with three other board members in a 2021 human rights complaint.
Kitos resigned from the Cloverdale Rodeo Board in December 2021.
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The news that he wants to bring a rodeo to Langley receives mixed reviews.
“Bull riding, bucking events, such as those proposed for this rodeo, elicit a fear response in the animals to induce them to adopt the behaviors (people) see in rodeos,” said Chantelle Archanbault, Vancouver Humane. Corporate communications director.
The Vancouver Humane Society will speak to Langley Township Council on Monday evening.
“We will present concerns about the welfare of these animals and how this rodeo does not align with community values,” Archanbault said.
There will also be board presentations in support of the rodeo.
Supporters are encouraged to submit letters to council for Monday’s council meeting.
The proposed rodeo, if approved, will take place September 3-5.
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