For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
St. Louis – PETA purchased stock this morning in Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company, to take its case for ending the King of Beer’s cruel practice of severing the tailbones of the “World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales” straight to the boardroom.
As recently revealed in PETA’s video exposé, Budweiser amputates the horses’ tailbones by cutting them off or using 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 the beer wagon.
Tailbone amputation for cosmetic reasons is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and is illegal in 10 states and a number of countries. It causes horses pain, affects their balance, and removes their first line of defense against biting and disease-spreading insects.
“Budweiser has been cutting the tailbones off Clydesdales for 90 years just to create a look for its brand image, and that must stop,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is chomping at the bit to get inside the boardroom to end Budweiser’s mutilation of horses.”
In PETA’s video, Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch representatives at their breeding and training facilities and at parades lead members of the public to believe that the amputations are just a hair “trim”—but two admit to PETA’s investigators that the tailbones are severed.
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 PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.