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When the name “Budweiser” is mentioned, cold beer and summer barbecues may come to mind. What about the Budweiser Clydesdales?
The Budweiser Clydesdale are a group of horses exploited for promotions and adverts, often shown during the Super Bowl, by Anheuser-Busch Companies – Budweiser’s parent company. A new PETA US investigation has gone behind the scenes of the famous Super Bowl adverts and revealed the mutilation, torture, and pain of horses whose tailbones are amputated with a scalpel or a band to cut off the blood flow – purely for aesthetic reasons.
An Undercover Investigation
PETA US went undercover at Warm Springs Ranch in Missouri, US (the official breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales); visited Grant’s Farm (where the horses are trained); and talked to handlers who travel with teams of the adult horses. The group uncovered that Clydesdales’ tails are amputated so they’ll look a certain way as they pull the wagon.
Horses Need Their Tails
Clydesdales, like all horses, need their tails to protect themselves from biting insects – including those that carry West Nile virus and other pathogens. Their tails are also important for balance, mobility, and communication.
Amputating a horse’s tailbone (commonly called “tail docking”) is so cruel that this needless cosmetic procedure is illegal in the Australia.
Take Action for Horses
No animal deserves for part of their body to be amputated just because humans prefer the look. Please urge Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser’s parent company, to stop using mutilated horses now: