PETA Statement: 33rd Death at Santa Anita

For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see the statement below from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of Ky. Colonel yesterday:

Ky. Colonel’s body should be taken directly to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office and laid on her doorstep. It’s been seven months since the DA acted on PETA’s request and launched an investigation. We still have no answers about the condition of the horses, the medications they were on, and the possible complicity of trainers and veterinarians in their deaths, and horses are still dropping like flies. Horses don’t simply sustain broken bones and young horses shouldn’t be dying of heart attacks. There is plenty that’s rotten with these deaths, and the longer it takes the DA to release her findings, the more horses will perish. California, New York—where 25 horses have died at Belmont—and all racing states should suspend racing until real answers are supplied and the carnage is ended.

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