PETA Statement: Death of Fourth Horse at Del Mar

For Immediate Release:
August 13, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

San Diego – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo on the death of Bri Bri, the fourth horse to die at the Del Mar racetrack this season:

While we urge state racing officials to conduct a full investigation into the death of 3-year-old Bri Bri, trainer Jim Cassidy owes the public an immediate explanation, as does trainer Bob Baffert, whose horse Bowl of Soul died less than two weeks ago. It’s time that trainers came clean about what condition their horses are in, what medications they’re on, what treatments they may have had to block pain and keep them running when they shouldn’t be, and how such young horses can break bones while training. There’s no wet track or rain to blame here.

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