PETA Statement, re: Scott Blasi Rehired by Steve Asmussen Following PETA Investigation, Suspension

For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2014

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Steve Asmussen’s “suspension” of Scott Blasi always seemed a sham. Ultimately, Asmussen is responsible for the cruelty shown in PETA’s investigation, including the use of sedatives, pain-masking drugs, and chemical stimulants; running sore and injured horses; and smearing caustic chemicals on horses’ legs. If the racing industry cares at all about Thoroughbreds, the end of the mock suspension will be seen as a return to business as usual and should be condemned by everyone who gives a hoot about horses.


— PETA Senior Vice President, Kathy Guillermo

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