For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Newark, N.J. – To mark the 90th anniversary of the Budweiser Clydesdales this year, PETA has erected a new sky-high message just across from the Anheuser-Busch brewery shaming the company for mutilating the horses just so they’ll look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon.
As PETA recently revealed in a damning video exposé, Budweiser has been severing the Clydesdales’ tailbones, part of their spines—either with a scalpel or with a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing it to die and fall off. 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. The practice causes immense pain, affects horses’ balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects.
“Budweiser must be a few cans short of a six-pack if it thinks people will look the other way while it disfigures horses to sell beer,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Until the King of Tears stops this cruel practice, PETA is calling on everyone to break with Bud.”
PETA’s message is located at 350 Route 1 and 9 S., less than a quarter-mile from the Anheuser-Busch brewery.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.