Horse-Whipping Jumper Fined, Suspended After PETA Complaint

In a move that puts all competitive riders on notice, the United States Equestrian Federation has issued Grand Prix jumper Kevin Lemke a four-month suspension and a $4,000 fine for excessive force after he viciously whipped a horse at California’s Desert International Horse Park. PETA called for a probe after video footage from a January… Read more »

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners Have Business Ties With Baffert, PETA Says

PETA is calling on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to explain how it will deal with conflicts of interest that may arise in adjudicating an alleged drug violation by Bob Baffert, given that three commissioners appear to have business ties with the trainer. The letter to the commission, sent this morning, follows the announcement… Read more »

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PETA Demands Criminal Probe Into Horse Beating at Equestrian Show

This morning, PETA sent a letter to Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco calling on him to investigate the vicious whipping of a horse at a show at Desert International Horse Park. Video footage from January 30 shows competitive German Grand Prix jumper Kevin Lemke forcefully striking a horse named Good Luck with a whip six… Read more »

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PETA Statement: Justify Ruling

Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the California Horse Racing Board’s decision to let the stewards’ ruling stand and leave Justify as the 2018 Santa Anita Derby winner, despite the violation of medication regulations after it was found that Justify and Hoppertunity had scopolamine in their systems: Laws… Read more »

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