PETA to Hold Protest at DA's Office Over Santa Anita Horse Deaths

Rebekah Sager
October 31, 2019 - 11:10 am

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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will hold a protest Thursday over what they call the "inexcusable deaths" of 36 horses at Santa Anita racetrack. 

The protest is set for noon on Thursday in front of the offices of District Attorney Jackie Lacey. The protest comes just four days after the 36th horse, "Bye Bye Beautiful" died at the track since December. 

“If, one by one, human runners were given drugs and forced to run on a track until their legs snapped and they lost their lives, would the D.A. act quickly?” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo in a statement. “Seven months have now passed—and 14 more horses have died horrifically—since the D.A.’s office opened its investigation at PETA’s urging, and still no results or prosecutions for cruelty to animals have emerged.”

PETA is asking Lacey and the California Horse Racing Board to suspend the licenses of trainers whose horses have died, following the outcome of an investigation. In 90 percent of the cases of the horses that died, autopsies found pre-existing injuries and the presence of anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone.

PETA has been working with the Santa Anita owner to improve racing conditions at the track and with Social Compassion in Legislation on a bill to help protect race horses.