PETA Statement: Decision Not to Suspend Racing at Los Alamitos

For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – 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 19 horses there:

If the California Horse Racing Board won’t suspend all racing when horses die, it must at least implement lifesaving changes, including installing CT scan equipment to detect injuries, banning all medications in the two weeks before a race, replacing dirt tracks with synthetic surfaces, banning all whipping, and booting out of racing every trainer with multiple drug violations. Without these crucial changes, anything else is simply a temporary fix.

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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