‘Hey, Bud: Lay Off the Horses, Not the Workers,’ PETA Says

For Immediate Release:
July 28, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Louis – As nearly 400 employees of Anheuser-Busch—maker of Budweiser—are slated to lose their jobs, PETA supporters will descend on the Anheuser-Busch brewery tomorrow to protest the severing of Clydesdales’ tailbones (part of their spines), a cruel mutilation that thwarts the horses’ natural balance and ability to swish away flies and has animal rights proponents boycotting the brand. As PETA recently revealed in a damning video exposé from an undercover investigation, the company has been quietly performing the amputations—either with a scalpel or with a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing it to die and fall off—for purely cosmetic purposes, just so the horses will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon.

When:    Saturday, July 29, 12 noon

Where:    Budweiser Brewery Experience, 1200 Lynch St. (at the intersection with S. 12th Street), St. Louis

“Anheuser-Busch will apparently axe anything, from a Clydesdale’s tailbone to hundreds of jobs,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is urging the company to show kindness to all by keeping horses’ bodies and workers’ jobs intact.”

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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