PETA Statement on the Death of Bye Bye Beautiful

For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see the statement below from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding Bye Bye Beautiful, the 36th horse to die at Santa Anita this year:

It’s time for the people responsible for the deaths of race horses to be locked up. Even though all eyes will be focused on Santa Anita racetrack for the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, we still have no results from the district attorney or prosecutions for cruelty to animals, and we’re missing crucial information about why these horses died. Santa Anita has taken extraordinary measures to protect horses, but it can’t criminally investigate trainers and veterinarians for the deaths of Bye Bye Beautiful and the other horses. Law enforcement must do this. PETA again calls on the district attorney’s office to release its findings of its investigation into the deaths of the horses immediately and hold those responsible accountable. Further delay puts all the Breeders’ Cup horses at even greater risk.

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 view of the world.

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