PETA purchased stock today in Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company, to take our case for ending the cruel practice by the “King of Beers” of severing the tailbones of the “World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales” straight to the boardroom.
As recently revealed in our video exposé, Budweiser amputates young horses’ tailbones by cutting them off or using a tight band that stops the circulation to their sensitive tails, causing them to die and fall off—just so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to the company’s beer wagon. Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch representatives at their breeding and training facilities and at parades mislead the public into believing that the amputations are just a hair trim—but two of them admitted to PETA’s investigators that the tailbones are severed.
Tailbone Severing Is Cruel
Much like “declawing” surgeries performed on cats, tail amputation is traumatic and affects Clydesdales negatively throughout their lives.
The American Veterinary Medical Association and other experts strongly condemn cosmetic tailbone amputation—and the procedure is illegal in 10 U.S. states and many countries. It’s painful, affects the horses’ balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects. It even inhibits horses’ communication with one another, as they use their tails to express emotions. If Budweiser is concerned the tail hair will become caught in hitching equipment, it simply needs to braid and wrap it. There’s no excuse for its cruelty.
Budweiser has been disfiguring Clydesdales for 90 years just for a brand image. PETA is eager to get inside the boardroom and demand an end to Budweiser’s mutilation of horses.
Tell Budweiser to Do Better
While we’re bringing the truth to Anheuser-Busch’s boardroom, we need your help to keep the pressure on. You can hit Anheuser-Busch where it hurts by boycotting Budweiser beer until the company stops mutilating horses. Take a moment to defend the Clydesdales they hurt by writing to Anheuser-Busch and telling it why this practice must end. Then, tell your friends to join in the action at PETA.org/Tailgate.