PETA Statement: CHRB Decision Not to Suspend Racing at Los Alamitos

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Cypress, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the California Horse Racing Board’s decision not to suspend racing at Los Alamitos following the deaths of at least 21 horses:

The deaths won’t stop as long as trainers think training means drugs and running through injuries—and as long as veterinarians go along with that. The trainers with multiple medication violations have to go. A suspension would provide time to make substantial changes for the protection of the horses and to hold trainers accountable.

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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