PETA/SCIL Statement on Death of 3 Horses in 3 Days

For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see this statement from PETA and Social Compassion in Legislation regarding the reported death of a horse in training at Santa Anita Park this morning:

Three dead horses in three days requires immediate action. The California Horse Racing Board was recently given the authority, in legislation backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, to suspend racing—and now it must do exactly that. There is no sense in the board allowing racing—and deaths—to continue until it enacts all its own pending regulations and acts on the recommendations of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s Office. If it takes the closure of a track to stop the deaths, then close the track.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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