Nov 6, 2019
Kathy Guillermo, PETA Sr. VP, talks about PETA's video of Mongolian Groom breaking down in the home stretch of the last race--the $6 Million BC Classic-- at Breeders Cup 2019.
It was the exclamation point that ended horse racing's biggest weekend in the U.S.
Guillermo also talks about the importance of a pending LA District Attorney's investigation, what the governor of California can do now (including a suspension of racing), and an LA Times editorial which outlines suggestions PETA has made to end the cruelty at the races--not just at Santa Anita but at racetracks all over the country.
Guillermo believes the use of scan equipment could have kept Mongolian Groom from racing in the first place.
The problem isn't horses on drugs to enhance their performance. The problem is horses are forced to run hurt, given drugs to mask the pain, then break down when they overexert themselves while racing to their deaths.
It's the harsh truth of racing and Mongolian Groom's death is just another example of a horse who would be alive today if it weren't made to race to its death.
Listen to previous PETA podcasts on horseracing, including how PETA whistleblowers exposed a possible coverup in the drugging of Triple Crown winner Justify.
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