PETA to Blast Budweiser Before Public Viewing of Mutilated Clydesdales

For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Bardstown, K.Y. – On Thursday, before the start of a Derby Week parade featuring Budweiser’s disfigured Clydesdales, a herd of PETA supporters wearing giant realistic horse masks will brandish signs in downtown Bardstown proclaiming, “Budweiser Has Blood on Its Cans!”—urging the King of Tears to end its cruel and painful amputations of Clydesdales’ tailbones.

When:    Thursday, May 4, 4 p.m.

Where:    Downtown Bardstown at the intersection of N. Third and Flaget streets

As revealed in PETA’s just-released video exposé, Budweiser has been found secretly severing the Clydesdales’ tailbones or painfully cutting off the blood supply to the tailbone with a tight band, eventually causing it to die and fall off—all so the horses will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon. Cosmetic tailbone amputation is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is illegal in 10 states and several countries, including Belgium, where Budweiser’s parent company, InBev, is based.

“Severing the tailbone of a horse in the Kentucky Derby would be unthinkable, but just down the road, Budweiser is putting equine mutilation on full display,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA urges everyone to boycott Budweiser until the company stops amputating horses’ tailbones.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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