For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Elmont, N.Y. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of Excursionniste in the 13th race at Belmont Park this evening:
Racing couldn’t manage to keep all horses alive for even one Triple Crown day this year. Belmont Park did not do enough to prevent Excursionniste’s death. PETA urged the New York Racing Association and the New York State Gaming Commission to require CT scans for all horses racing today in order to screen for preexisting injuries, which are present in 90% of these fatalities. They refused. The racing industry is digging its own grave—as well as this horse’s.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.