Herd of PETA ‘Horses’ at Nationals Park to Call Out Clydesdale Mutilations

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Washington – Wearing realistic horse masks and “bloody” tails and holding aloft a giant can of beer emblazoned with the message “Budweiser Has Blood on Its Cans,” PETA supporters will gather outside Nationals Park on Thursday to challenge the stadium for hosting the Budweiser Clydesdales, whose tailbones are cruelly amputated. As recently revealed in PETA’s video exposé, Budweiser severs the horses’ tailbones or painfully cuts off the blood supply to the tail with a tight band, eventually causing it to die and fall off—all so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to the beer wagon.

When:    Thursday, March 30, 12 noon

Where:    Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. S.E. (near Capitol Street and N Street S.E.), Washington

“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 is the King of Tears for disfiguring the Clydesdales, and PETA is calling on the company and the stadium to support horses’ right to live without being subjected to pain.”

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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