Clydesdale Defenders to Call Out Budweiser’s Horse Mutilations at Daytona 500

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Tomorrow evening, PETA supporters will descend on the Daytona International Speedway, where Budweiser will be displaying the “World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales,” to challenge the company to stop mutilating the horses. As recently revealed in PETA’s video exposé, Budweiser severs the horses’ tailbones by cutting them off or using a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing it to die and fall off—all so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to the beer wagon.

When:    Wednesday, February 15, 5 p.m.

Where:    Daytona International Speedway (at the Midway, near turn one at the AdventHealth entrance), 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

“Horses need their tails, and cutting them off causes immense pain, affects their balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Budweiser is the King of Tears for disfiguring the Clydesdales, and PETA is calling on the company to let these horses keep the tails nature gave them.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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