Racing Victoria Questioned for Details on Anthony Van Dyck’s Death

PETA Questions Why CT Imaging to Detect Bone Lesions Was Not Conducted on All Horses Before the Melbourne Cup

Melbourne – After the death of Anthony Van Dyck at Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Racing Victoria to ask that the fatality report being prepared by its Integrity Services team, including the full results of the necropsy conducted by the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic & Hospital, be released to the public.

The letter also questions why Racing Victoria did not conduct CT imaging on all horses before the race, as was done in 2019.

In a letter to Racing Victoria Chair Brian Kruger, PETA has asked for detailed information about injuries, treatments, and drugs administered to Anthony Van Dyck prior to his breakdown, pointing out that his trainer administered Lasix – a powerful diuretic that is illegal in Australia – to the horse in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in California last year.

“Racing Victoria must be transparent about Anthony Van Dyck’s necropsy results,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Studies show that 90% of bone breaks occur at the site of a pre-existing injury, and CT imaging would have revealed if this horse had an otherwise undetectable injury. If this was the case for Anthony Van Dyck, Racing Victoria is complicit in his death.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

PETA’s letter is available here. For more information, please visit