For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Louisville, Ky. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of Rio Moon today at Churchill Downs:
The carnage continues with an eighth dead horse at Churchill Downs, another fatality at Belmont Park, and an injured horse being taken away in the equine ambulance at Pimlico. Horses aren’t safe at any of these “Cripple Crown” tracks—or at any other horse racing facility. Get the deaths down to zero or bury this “sport.”
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 PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.