For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
Albany, N.Y. – In the wake of new allegations that distressed horses aren’t being provided with adequate water or rest while being forced to pull carriages for long hours in scorching heat on the set of HBO’s The Gilded Age—and that one horse even broke away from a wrangler and trampled an actor—PETA supporters wearing horse masks will descend on the production on Friday. They’ll slam the network for relying on live horses and call for the omission of the exploited equines.
When: Friday, August 19, 12 noon
Where: At the intersection of Washington Avenue and Dove Street, Albany
The protest comes after a horse collapsed and died on The Gilded Age’s Long Island set while filming a carriage scene in June and amid renewed calls to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City after a horse recently collapsed on a busy street.
“Whether it’s a busy New York City street or a crowded television production set, horses suffer when they’re forced to pull buggies in all weather extremes,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is calling on HBO to get with the program and ban the use of vulnerable horses in its productions.”
PETA has filed a request with the Albany Police Department for an investigation to pursue any appropriate cruelty-to-animals charges.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.