I find it sad that the Lobster Carnival has included three events called ‘Cattle Penning’ this year.
This event is cruel and dangerous to both humans, horses and cattle.
Last year during the Calgary Stampede a horse had a fatal heart attack, throwing the rider, and causing serious injuries during a novice penning event.
Cattle (cows) are intelligent beings who form close family bonds.
They are curious creatures who like to solve puzzles (‘How can I open a fence?’) and deserve our respect.
The cows will likely be terrified at this event with the noise and unfamiliar setting. The horses will also be at risk and afraid.
As sentient beings they feel pain and fear as we do.