PETA Statement: Deaths of Two Horses at Del Mar

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2019

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Del Mar, Calif. – Please see the statement below from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo on the deaths of two horses who collided at the Del Mar racetrack:

These horses’ lives were taken from them by the racing industry. PETA requests that Del Mar and all other California racetracks release records of horses who have gotten loose on the tracks and urges the California Horse Racing Board to launch a full investigation in order to eliminate the dangers of training. Saying that deaths are inevitable in racing is like saying a swim team can’t compete without drowning. If racing can’t be done without horses dying, it shouldn’t be done at all.

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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