PETA Statement: California Must Suspend Baffert as Promised

For Immediate Release:
February 21, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Sacramento, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s suspension of Bob Baffert and the disqualification of Medina Spirit from the 2021 Kentucky Derby win:

Bob Baffert’s suspension in Kentucky was a long time coming, but now his home state must act without delay. PETA calls on the California Horse Racing Board to abide by the statement it issued last May and reciprocate the suspension in California. We urge the board to convene an urgent meeting and make good on its word by suspending Baffert for 90 days, effective March 8 to June 5, in California. It won’t bring Medina Spirit back, but it may protect other horses.

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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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