PETA Statement: DA Task Force on Racing

For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo on District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s announcement that she has formed a task force to investigate the horse deaths at Santa Anita race track:

District Attorney Jackie Lacey ran with PETA’s request for an investigation into the trainers at Santa Anita race track, and now, we hope for some real answers. The public deserves to know whether injured horses were medicated and subjected to painful shockwave therapy just to keep them running, even though their bones were likely to snap. The racing industry has shown that it’s incapable of policing itself, and PETA hopes this task-force investigation will finally lead to the end of abusive practices that are killing horses on tracks in California.

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