July 5, 2014 12:37 am

WATCH: Two Vancouver animal rights activists stage a protest at Calgary Stampede

Two activists chain themselves to the track ahead of the chuckwagon race Friday night.

Courtesy: Vancouver Animal Defense League

Two animal rights activists from Vancouver have locked themselves to the railing on the inside of a chuckwagon race track at Calgary Stampede this evening before a race was scheduled to start.

The two women are volunteers with the Vancouver Animal Defense League.

WATCH: Two protests chain themselves to the track at Calgary Stampede

The animal rights group says the purpose of the protest was to prevent the chuckwagon races from occurring.

The group is calling for the event to be banned, calling it “abhorrent.”

Bonni Clark with Calgary Stampede told Global News the incident caused a “slight delay” and the races continued as normal.

The Stampede kicked off today and will run until July 13.

Back in 2012, 1.4 million people attended the Calgary Stampede, which officials hope to match this year.

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