PETA Renews Call for Suspension of Racing Nationwide

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo on the deaths at Santa Anita and in racing nationwide:

What’s happening at Santa Anita right now is a microcosm of what’s happening in racing nationally: broken bones, death, and public outrage. Horses aren’t dying only in California. Their bodies litter tracks in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and many other states. PETA recently called for tracks nationwide to suspend racing until they can implement long-needed and significant changes that will help end the cruelty and protect horses. We renew this call. Shut down until you get synthetic surfaces, CT scan equipment in place, the drugs out, the whips banished, and the trainers with multiple violations banned permanently.

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 view of the world.

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