Unfortunately this is to be expected - the so-called upper classes are a law unto themselves and don't give a damn about anyone else's views but their own! Just goes to show how out of touch they are with the majority of the enlightened population who care about animal welfare.
I also agree with the statements in Steve Taylor's letter and would ask that as you are going to Canada as ambassadors of our country please show that you are in touch with the British public and that you represent the views and feelings of the vast majority who are concerned that animals are treated with care and respect. Animals are sentienent beings who feel pain and suffer just like all of us. As Rachel Thrussel says, please show your humanity. Do not endorse a practice that involves cruelty.
I am pleading with you to show the rest of the world that these cruel practices can no longer be tolerated.
Dismay that you will both be attending such a cruel sport as the Calgary stampede. Yes-what a terrible example you are setting to people around the world. There are so many of us that fight and protest for the humane kind and gentle treatment of animals- and by attending such an event puts a mockery on those of us who try our best to protect animals. There ars so many facts out there for you to read up on. Please take the time to educate yourselves.
Prince Philip shot a tiger many decades ago and has still never been forgiven to this day.
This is your chance to bravely follow your own conscience rather than do the bidding of those who try to control you.
Refuse to go to the Stampede and you will be rightly regarded as a hero among right thinking people
Mrs Valerie Hughes
You are visiting Canada as representatives of the people of this country, the vast majority of us totally oppose cruelty to animals so please do not endorse this appalling spectacle in our name. If you must go, do so as private individuals NOT as official ambassadors for us. We totally disassociate ourselves from this event, and while you're at it the samesentimeny applies to the clubbing baby seals to death. How ironic that such ugliness takes place in such a beautiful country.
You may believe that you visit Canada as representatives of the British people, however, by endorsing this barbaric event with your presence I must tell you that you DO NOT REPRESENT ME. Instead, you fill me with shame.
E. Jane Smart
Wendy Jane Forster
As Sue Berry says the 'upper classes' have always been a law unto themselves. They will allow anybody to keep them - always have. And as for Clarence House to block emails - what are they frightened of? Let us see a bit of backbone and stand up and fight your corner, even though you know you are onto a loserr!!!
Mary Alice Pollard
As a Canadian living here in the UK I am so sad to learn that you will be attending which is without a doubt the most cruel of sporting(?) events held in Canada today ! I used to say that it was unfortunate experience, but looking back now, I am glad that I had the experience of working with a vet who attended to injured animals during the Calgary Stampede because I can say from first hand experience that it is certainly not sporting for the animals who are subjected to such brutality. This is a part of our Canada that so many of us are ashamed of. There is, and you are seeing first hand, so much beauty, compassion and hospitality in country ! There is certainly nothing beautiful, compassionate or hospitable in any rodeo setting ! Come back home with the positive and good memories, not the memories of seeing animals, literally broken in the name of 'sport' !
Attending this barbaric event will certainly do your reputations no good in the eyes of many British people. Howver I have no doubt you will go, all I can say is shame on you both.
There is so much entertainment for people without cruelty, that we do not need such horrible shows. Before watching this kind of shocking spectacles, people should be able to put themselves in the shoes of the victims. If there are not capable to do this, they lack sensibility and empathy. That means that they are not human beings but monsters.
How on earth can this be sport when the odds are always stacked against the poor animals. I am disgusted that these type of events take place anyway, let alone supported by the Royals. As British Ambassadors this is not representing the majority of views or feelings of the British Public at all.
Shamefull,but totally unsurprising,given the 'Royal Family's attitude (and in some cases,participation) in 'country sports'.
I used to be in favour of a royal family, but their antiquated attitude towards animals has turned me against them. I really have no patience with the royal family now. They should be leading the way ethically and setting an example, but actually they are quite useless.
I would urge you to look at the short film by the Vancouver Humane Society. Would you attend a bullfight? You might as well, because these rodeos display the same callous disregard of animals. I wonder what the Queen would have to say about the treatment of horses shown in this piece?
Let's face it, when it comes to animal welfare, the Royal Family and indeed the hangers on are a disgrace. It beggers belief that anyone, not only the Royals should have a mindset that cruelty to animals is fun.
Shame on you! What a terrible example to the youth of our country that you should attend such a barbaric event.
Perhaps, William, you should ask yourself would your mother have attended any event where animal cruelty was involved ??? But then I think you already know the answer to that...........
I really am unable to comprehend how any civilised person can watch, and by watching condone, any barbaric treatment of sentient creatures.
They are not just animals they feel, they fear they hurt and they are capable of great love. Even to the humans who torment them.
Who then is the animal?
By attending such events they are giving their approval to the barbarity that occurs. I can't beleive that there is any justification for these events, although if you have experienced hunting in any form then I assume that it is possible to become immune to the normal feelings of disgust. Perhaps they will at some point understand what we are saying and advise those who prepare the itinerary that in future they would prefer not to get involved in this type of thing. Let's hope so.
IF THIS SPORT IS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ITS NOTHING MORE THEN CRUELTY , ANOTHER BLOOD SPORT. IF YOU ARE GOD FIRRING PEOPLE YOU WOULD NOT WATCH THIS OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY SHOW ( BLOOD SPORT ) .
Just saddened. Honestly thought 'you two' were going to be the modern, bright young things. Somebody once said that it takes one drop of water to start a waterfall....
Maureen Ellen McGill
If you go to this bloody circus you will be letting all the animal lovers of Britain down.
It's disappointing and sad to to learn of your lack of compassion for animals.
I agree with Denise that you are setting a very bad example to the public,
I detest all rodeos and the cruelty that is enjoyed by those who attend,I like the Prince and Kate,but wouldn't it be hypocritical of them if they did refuse the invitation,as the Prince goes hunting and I read that Kate loves that horrible concoction made from the diseased liver of geese that are force fed ,forgot the name,and I hope I am wrong about that as it is -so horribley cruel .
Kate Middleton was reported as saying she wanted to start a family soon...
if she goes willingly to view this barbarism - how on earth could someone she stand as a mother? what potentially odd values about life and fairness would she instill and perpetuate in her children?
Do the royals have any values as to cherishing ALL life on this planet?
They seem to have cottoned on to organic farming - what about them considering life in favour of cruel outdated twisted entertainment?
Linda Nunn and Paul Johnson
Dear Kate and William,
We have just heard that your itinerary currently includes going to the Calgary Rodeo. We presume that you are unaware that all over the world these barbaric spectacles are being closed down and nations and councils are banning the profiteers from setting them up on public land?
Like bull-fighting and exotic animals in circuses, rodeos now belong in human-kind's dark past, not in today's modern world. Animal cruelty, abuse, terrorizing and injury is no longer accepted as a form of entertainment in civilised society.
You are a promising young couple. Please think about the message your attendance would send to the worldwide citizenship and especially to the young global community. You would be actively supporting on-going cruelty to animals under the banner of fun.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, you have a huge and admiring following world-wide, so your influence is mammoth. People copy your fashion choices, your hair styles and your actions. You can be sure this hasn't been lost on the remaining rodeo organisers around the planet.
Kate and Will, you have an ethical decision to make. To assist rodeo organisers in the animal abuse they profit from, or to make a stand against it through boycotting the event.
We trust you will choose the only decent option. Thank you.
Probably divided loyalties for royalties - but I urge you to Stand Up for Kindness say No! to the stampede.
The Royal family will be smeared very badly by this action if you condone animal abuse.Shame on the Royal family.this is disgraceful!!!
When we visit another country we can show our distaste to some of their cruel traditions by not supporting them, this like bullfighting is one of them.
This would be a great opportunity for Kate and William to show the world a more modern and humane side to the Royal family.
Please think again before attending this barbaric event,and giving your support to mindless animal cruelty.It's disappointing and sad to to learn of your lack of compassion for animals. I also believe that you are setting a very bad example to the public, Shame on anyone that attends this show, as too many animals are killed or harmed each year during this show.
I would just like to endorse all the comments already stated, in particular Vivien's. I too believe that William's mother, Diana, would have been horrified to see her son and his wife condoning such a blatant act of animal cruelty. Do they actually have any say in the planning of their itinerary?
It seems that for the sake
of popularity Kate and William do not have the courage to decline attending this event- or perhaps they find cruelty entertaining? They should try to set an enlightened example not be yet another crass example of people who want to be entertained at the most mindless level.
very rev james thompson
Yes, this is enough to make Diana turn in her grave.
My disgust at the actions of our British monarchy does not amaze me, they are just doing what every other person in authority in this country does - they are going along with barbaric acts in order not to upset their hosts. Well just for once can we please stand up for ourselves and say NO it does not stand with our british way of life and therefore we will not condone it! It is about time that we as a nation of so called animal lovers stopped placating those who are not!
I beilived yours was a Fairy tale love story...... how wrong I was, If you can watch such a pain inflicted to animals Im convinced you both are incapable of feeling love. Animals are created by God, what gives anybody the right to inflict pain to such creatures, If you enjoy this kind of show....!!! God help the future of England!!!
People who enjoy animal suffering and promote it command no respect. William and katherine not only shoot innocent sentient animals for sport, they obviously also enjoy spectacles which involve animal suffering. To top it all, Katherine also enjoys foie de gras which is the result of the most unbelievable torture of geese and ducks. I wish they would put first their role as representatives of the UK and choose ethically instead of indulging their abhorrent taste for animal sacrifice.
It is disgusting how animals are subjected to shameful humiliation and suffering in the name of entertainment. How dare these arrogant individuals, filled with their own self-importance, gain so much pleasure from witnessing these vile events.
No animal should suffer for entertainment, for Royalty or otherwise. It's appalling.
Why support a Royal family that does not listen to the views of its people?Its as though they live on a different planet.
Mmmmm.Let's get a few things straight.
1:If the 'vast majority' (as you seem so keen to claim)even cared enough to express an opinion,then maybe it would have an effect,but they don't,so how you can make such a claim is beyond me.
2:A Doctor asked if we were living in medieval times,then dated the comment in Roman numerals?
3:Diana is not looking down on anyone,let alone either of her sons.She's dead.
4:As representatives of our country,politics will play a part in the places they visit,so I doubt they will even be given much choice.
By all means campaign about whatever issues you want;but you've got to live in the real world if you want to be taken seriously.
Dimostrate la vostra superiorità aiutando i più deboli e facendo abolire sport crudeli, che dello sport non hanno proprio nulla !
Un saluto da Venezia