PETA Statement re Another Baffert Horse Death

For Immediate Release:
July 26, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Alamitos, Calif. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of the 2-year-old colt Rapacious today at Los Alamitos Race Course:

Bob Baffert’s name has become synonymous with scandal and carnage. He has just returned to racing, and a horse’s body is already being hauled away. Rapacious was just 2 years old and hadn’t even raced yet, but we can expect Baffert’s usual set of excuses. California officials must seek and accept nothing less than the entire truth, and they must release it publicly. They might also try to explain how someone whose career is littered with so many dead horses is still allowed to set foot on a racetrack.

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 worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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