PETA Statement re 32nd Death at Santa Anita

For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Arcadia, Calif. – Please see this statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo re the death of Emtech today:

The carnage continues with the gruesome breakdown of Emtech, who was injured last year and had a claim voided at Santa Anita as a result. The total is now 32 dead horses on one track since late December 2018—and still, we’ve received no results from the Los Angeles district attorney on the first 30. D.A. Lacey needs to release the findings on the culpability of trainers and veterinarians who may have used drugs, knee joint injections, and other dangerous methods to keep injured horses racing. Tragically, we have no answers, no mandate for the use of CT scan technology to detect the preexisting injuries that cause broken ankles, no switch to safer synthetic tracks—which PETA has requested—and no end in sight to the deaths. The horses may not get a funeral, but racing is certainly digging its own grave.

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