PETA Statement: New Proposed Whip Rule

For Immediate Release:
December 12, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Cypress, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the new whipping rule passed today and moved to a 45-day comment period by the California Horse Racing Board:

Beating horses to make them run faster should never be allowed, under any circumstances. Whipping a horse two times in succession instead of three is still beating a horse. Striking a horse with the whip in the downward position is still beating a horse. The California racing industry is arguing to be allowed to abuse horses, and the public and state legislators must not stand for it. PETA certainly won’t.

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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