PETA Statement: New Video of Breakdown at Santa Anita Racetrack

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see previously unreleased video footage and a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo re Arms Runner, who broke an ankle and was euthanized yesterday at Santa Anita racetrack:

This sickening video of Arms Runner in the last minutes of his life shows exactly why PETA is calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to form an independent panel to investigate training and veterinary practices in California. While the implementation of new rules at Santa Anita racetrack last week represented the first progress in racing reform in decades, it was nowhere near enough to save these horses’ lives. The California Horse Racing Board needs to pass emergency rules right now banning all drugs and banishing all trainers with medication violations from California tracks. Anything short of this is inadequate.

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