For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2021
David Perle 202-483-7382
Oceanport, N.J. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the first races at Monmouth Park, on May 28, under the new ban on whipping to force horses to run faster:
PETA congratulates Monmouth Park and New Jersey officials for eliminating the most obvious and visible form of abuse in horse racing—whipping. Under any circumstances outside a race track, beating a horse can be prosecuted as cruelty to animals. Putting a jockey on the animal’s back doesn’t make it less cruel. While there is still much suffering in the horse racing industry, Monmouth Park is now the leader in the nation—and much of the world—in recognizing this and eliminating this atrocity.
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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.