‘Horses’ to Blast Budweiser Clydesdale Mutilations at Chevy Chase Inn 90th Anniversary

For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Lexington, Ky. – On Wednesday, ahead of an appearance of the Budweiser Clydesdales at the historic Chevy Chase Inn’s 90th anniversary celebration kick-off, a herd of PETA supporters wearing giant realistic horse masks will converge outside the bar 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.

As PETA revealed in a recent video exposé, Budweiser has been secretly severing the Clydesdales’ tailbones or painfully cutting off the blood supply with a tight band, eventually causing it 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 pass on the Bud and enjoy a smooth Maker’s on the rocks instead.”

Where:           Outside Chevy Chase Inn, 833 Euclid Ave. near the High St. intersection, Lexington

When:             Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any 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.


For Media: Contact PETA's
Media Response Team.


Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind