PETA to Hand Out 90 Free Beers Outside Bud Brewery in Protest Against Clydesdale Mutilations

For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Louis – On Wednesday, the day Budweiser celebrates its 90th anniversary of mutilating Clydesdales, PETA supporters wearing giant realistic horse masks will protest at the company’s brewery by passing out cans of Ripple White Ale from St. Louis–based 4 Hands Brewing Company. They’ll add insult to injury by brandishing signs proclaiming, “Budweiser Has Blood on Its Cans!” as they call out the company for mutilating the very horses it purports to be celebrating.

When:    Wednesday, April 12, 12 noon

Where:    Budweiser Brewery headquarters, 1200 Lynch St. (at the southwest corner of the intersection with S. 12th Street), St. Louis

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.

“This anniversary marks 90 years of Budweiser’s painful disfigurement of horses for solely cosmetic purposes,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is calling on Budweiser to modernize and end its 19th century practice of 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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