Update 20 September, 2023:
Following a massive campaign in which hundreds of thousands of PETA entity supporters took action, Anheuser-Busch InBev—the parent company of iconic American beer brand Budweiser—announced that it has agreed to stop cutting the tailbones off its Clydesdale horses. Read more from PETA US.
Budweiser will be the official beer of next month’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, but PETA entities are calling on FIFA to give cruelty the red card.
PETA US has sent a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, calling on him to score a goal for equines by dropping Budweiser if the beer-maker won’t stop amputating the tailbones of its iconic Clydesdales.
A recent video exposé reveals that Budweiser, whose parent company is Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev, has been severing the famous horses’ tailbones with either a scalpel or a tight band that stops the blood supply to the tail, causing most of the bone to die and fall off – just so the Clydesdales will look a certain way when hitched to a beer wagon.
According to veterinary experts, both procedures are very painful and the band method is especially excruciating. One equine veterinarian calls tail amputation “surgical abuse”, yet when the Budweiser Clydesdales are still foals, the bones of their tails, which are part of their spines, are completely or partially amputated.
Horses need their tails for balance and to protect themselves from biting and disease-spreading insects. This practice is illegal in Australia, and many European countries, including Belgium, where AB InBev is based, as well as in 10 US states. And both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners condemn tailbone amputation when undertaken for cosmetic reasons.
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