PETA Statement re Del Mar Horse Death

For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Del Mar, Calif. – Please see this statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the breakdown and death of Koa at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club:

California tracks have been littered with the bodies of horses trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who was barred from Santa Anita but prevented from being banned at Del Mar by a San Diego County court. The California Horse Racing Board needs to suspend his license now. He leaves a bloody trail, with four of his horses dead at Santa Anita Park, two at Golden Gate Fields, and now one at Del Mar in just the last year. PETA is calling on the San Diego district attorney to open an investigation into the training and veterinary methods immediately. Hollendorfer’s had six chances too many in 2019.

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 view of the world. For more information, please visit

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