For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Ludington, Mich. – After learning that the Budweiser Clydesdales, whose tailbones have been cruelly amputated, are scheduled to make appearances next week in Ludington, PETA sent letters today to the Ludington City Council urging it not to host the disfigured animals. PETA has also written to the Manistee City Council about similar events scheduled in Manistee.
As PETA recently revealed in a damning video exposé, Budweiser has been secretly severing horses’ tailbones—either with a scalpel or with a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing it to die and fall off—just so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon. Tailbone amputation for cosmetic reasons is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is illegal in 10 states and a number of countries.
“Horses need their tails, and cutting them off causes immense suffering, affects their balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Budweiser disfigures horses to sell beer—and all of Michigan should tell the King of Tears to stay away.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.