Anheuser-Busch Ends Sponsorship of Cockfights in Saipan

July 2003

When activists learned that PETA had convinced Miller Brewing Company to stop sponsoring festivals in Guam at which cockfighting is featured, we began receiving calls about Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of cockfights in Saipan. We immediately contacted the CEO of Anheuser-Busch to explain the horrors of cockfighting and to ask that the company disassociate itself from this bloodsport. When we did not receive a response to our letter, we followed up with the company and posted an action alert on the Internet. Shortly thereafter, we received written confirmation that Anheuser-Busch would be notifying its distributors that they are to avoid sponsorships of cockfights, stating, “As a company, we care about animals and do not condone cockfighting.”

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