PETA Statement: Backstretch Workers at Santa Anita

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2019

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo concerning Santa Anita backstretch employees’ planned news conference today:

The backstretch workers have very little chance of continuing employment if horses keep dying. Safe horses mean safe jobs. If these workers don’t already support continuing reform, they should get behind it right now.

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 worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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