Planned Greenwood Appearance of Mutilated Clydesdales Sparks PETA Uproar

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Greenwood, Ind. – Tailbone amputation for cosmetic reasons is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which is why after learning that the Budweiser Clydesdales, whose tailbones have been cruelly amputated, are scheduled to appear tomorrow at Twin Peaks, PETA sent a letter today to the sports bar chain’s CEO, Joe Hummel, urging him not to host the disfigured animals.

Disfigured Clydesdales hitched to a Budweiser beer wagon. Photo: PETA.

As revealed by a new PETA investigation, agitated Budweiser Clydesdales at a Anheuser-Busch–owned breeding facility uselessly flick the remnants of their amputated tails as they try in vain to brush away biting insects under the hot sun. The footage follows PETA’s initial video exposé detailing how Budweiser severs the horses’ tailbones—either with a scalpel or with a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing it to die and fall off—just so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon. Tailbone amputation for cosmetic reasons is illegal in 10 states and a number of countries.

“Horses need their tailbones, and cutting them off causes immense suffering, affects their balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Budweiser disfigures horses to sell beer, and PETA is asking everyone in Indiana to tell the King of Tears to end the mutilation.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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