For Immediate Release:
July 19, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Oceanport, N.J. – Please see the statement below from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the danger of racing at Monmouth Park this weekend:
Heat kills, so it’s extremely foolish and reckless for Monmouth Park to stay open with temperatures soaring to record highs. PETA urges Monmouth and the New Jersey Racing Commission to postpone the Haskell Invitational and cancel racing for the weekend. This is the only way to protect Thoroughbreds from heat-related injuries, as New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania tracks have already recognized. If even one horse collapses, Monmouth officials should be held criminally liable for cruelty.
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 PETA.org.