Protesters to March at Mardi Gras Parades Over Clydesdale Mutilations

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

New Orleans – Because the “World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales” are scheduled to appear at Mardi Gras parades across the Big Easy over the next week, PETA supporters will march alongside parade routes with signs proclaiming, “Severed Tails: Cruelty to Clydesdales.” As revealed late last week in PETA’s video exposé, Budweiser severs the Clydesdales’ tailbones or painfully cuts off the blood supply to the tail with a tight band, eventually causing it to die and fall off—all so the horses will look a certain way when hitched to the beer wagon.

“Horses need their tails, and cutting them off causes immense pain, affects their balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “Budweiser has blood on its cans for disfiguring the Clydesdales, and PETA is calling on the company to let these horses keep the tails nature gave them.”

When:    Wednesday, February 15, 6:15 p.m.

Where:    The Krewe of Druids parade, starting at the intersection of Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue

When:    Friday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.

Where:    The Krewe d’Etat parade, starting at the intersection of Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue

When:    Saturday, February 18, 4:15 p.m.

Where:    The Krewe of Endymion parade, starting at the intersection of City Park and Orleans avenues

When:    Sunday, February 19, 5:15 p.m.

Where:    The Krewe of Bacchus parade, starting at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street

When:    Tuesday, February 21, 12 noon

Where:    The Krewe of Argus parade, starting at the intersection of Veterans and Houma boulevards

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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