PETA Statement: Whipping Discussion by NY State Gaming Commission

For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Albany, N.Y. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the discussion by the New York State Gaming Commission and racing-industry representatives on possible limits or a ban on whipping:

The only people who think beating a horse is acceptable are standing on a sinking ship. With the public fully aware that more than three horses are dying every day on North American tracks—and 51 have died in New York in 2020 alone—debating how many times a horse may be hit shows racing’s profound disconnect from the reality of its precarious position. PETA and its 350,000 supporters in New York urge the commission to follow New Jersey’s lead and ban whipping now.

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

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