Veteran Price Is Right host and crusader for animals Bob Barker isn’t pleased that the popular game show in the last month alone has given away prize packages that contain trips to the Calgary Stampede and SeaWorld. And who can blame him? The Calgary Stampede and SeaWorld profit off animal abuse and suffering. Barker even urged families to boycott the cruel marine park last summer in a public service announcement for PETA.

In the wild, dolphins and orcas swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean, have complex relationships, forage cooperatively, communicate using distinct dialects, and pass down cultural traits to their offspring. At SeaWorld, these intelligent and social animals, some of whom were violently taken from their homes and families as babies, are confined to pitifully small concrete tanks. Deprived of all that is natural to them, they are forced to learn circus-style tricks—and according to whistleblower tips from trainers, withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are common training methods.

The Calgary Stampede is one of Canada’s cruelest “traditions.” The event is notorious for horses falling to their deaths and is considered one of the most vile rodeos in the world. Devices that are illegal in other countries, including electric shock prods, certain types of spurs, and bucking straps that are cinched around the animals’ groins, are used to hurt animals in order to enhance the spectacle. Countless animals suffer broken ribs, backs, and legs; punctured lungs; deep internal organ bruising; hemorrhaging; ripped tendons; torn ligaments and muscles; snapped necks; and agonizing deaths in various rodeo events.

The only thing that people learn from visiting SeaWorld and attending the Calgary Stampede is how miserable life is for the animals who are forced to entertain crowds of people in these cruel places. Children see mere shadows of animals—defeated beings who are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behavior. SeaWorld and the Calgary Stampede teach all the wrong lessons: that it is acceptable to imprison animals, deprive them of freedom of movement and thought, prevent them from exploring and establishing their natural territory, breed and separate them as we please, and allow them to go insane from loneliness.

Click here to contact The Price Is Right producers right away and urge them to stop giving away cruel prize packages. You can also send them a personalized letter by using the contact info below:

Michael Richards
Producer of The Price Is Right
michael.richards@fremantlemedia.com

Adam Sandler
Producer of The Price Is Right
adam.sandler@fremantlemedia.com

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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