Oudoor Life Network re Calgary Stampede 2005, CBSC Decision 04/05-1764

The Humane Society of Canada brought a complaint to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, stating that the rodeos broadcast by the Outdoor Life Network involved violence against animals, and that broadcasting such events on TV promotes violence against the animals. The issue before the Panel was whether a particular broadcast of the Calgary Stampede and associated events were in contravention of the CAB Violence Code.
In dismissing the complaint, the Panel concluded that the broadcasts complained of did not glamorize, promote or valorize violence against the animals. The Panel clarified that the sole concern of the CBSC is with the broadcasts themselves, i.e. what appears on-screen, and not with the nature of the rodeo events. The Panel also concluded that the content of the broadcast did not require a viewer advisory.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: Alberta

Topics: broadcastbullcalf ropingCalgarychuckwagon racingcowboyhorseHumane Society of CanadainjuryOutdoor Life Networkrodeostampedesteertelevisionviolence

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