Three Horses Die at Wyoming Downs in One Day: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Evanston, Wyo. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the three deaths at Wyoming Downs on Saturday:

Three fatalities in one day at one track is not just a coincidence. It’s a massacre. Charles Moore, executive director of the Wyoming Gaming Commission, needs to do more than “shed a tear” over the deaths of these 2-year-old horses, as if they were merely an unfortunate accident. Racing at Wyoming Downs must be suspended immediately while a comprehensive investigation is conducted, and no horses should be forced onto that track again until modern prevention technology and proven safety measures are put in place.

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 or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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