‘Horses’ to Blast Budweiser Clydesdale Mutilations at 90th Anniversary Event

For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Louis – On Saturday, during a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Budweiser Clydesdales and the 120th anniversary of Grant’s Farm, a herd of PETA supporters wearing giant realistic horse masks will converge outside the brewery headquarters bearing signs that proclaim, “Budweiser Has Blood on Its Cans!”—urging the King of Tears to end its painful and unnecessary amputations of Clydesdales’ tailbones.

When:      Saturday, June 24, 12 noon

Where:    Outside the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and headquarters, 1200 Lynch St., at the southwest corner of Lynch and S. 12th streets, St. Louis

As PETA revealed in a recent video exposé, Budweiser severs the Clydesdales’ tailbones or painfully cuts off the blood supply with a tight band, eventually causing them to die and fall off—all so the horses will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon. Cosmetic tailbone amputation is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is illegal in 10 states and several countries, including Belgium, where Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is based.

“Horses need their tails for balance and to protect themselves against biting and disease-spreading insects,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Until the company stops disfiguring Clydesdales, PETA is calling on everyone to boycott Bud and enjoy a delicious local craft beer instead.”

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, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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