For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
New York – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding federal prosecutors’ announcement that they plan to charge 27 participants in an alleged horse-doping scheme:
This sweeping federal investigation has exposed that illegal doping is still ubiquitous in horse racing, including at the highest levels. These crimes cheat bettors of billions of dollars and are egregiously cruel to horses, resulting in rampant injuries, pain, and deaths, such as those cited in the indictment. PETA is calling for a permanent ban from racing of all guilty trainers and veterinarians as well as any other conspirators and for criminal charges of cruelty to animals to be added forthwith.
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 PETA.org.