David Perle 202-483-7382
Grand Prairie, Texas – This morning, PETA despatched a letter to Lone Star Park and the Texas Racing Fee urging them to maneuver shortly to cancel two upcoming fireworks reveals, citing the hazards to ultra-sensitive, skittish horses and reminding them of earlier situations wherein horses turned so spooked by the explosions that they injured themselves, generally so severely that they needed to be euthanized. PETA additionally factors out that canine, cats, and wildlife usually flee to flee the blasts, changing into misplaced or disoriented and generally operating into visitors, and that veterans and others with post-traumatic stress dysfunction will be distressed by the war-like booms.
“Fireworks frighten horses and put them in bodily peril, with usually lethal outcomes,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA is looking on Lone Star Park to behave responsibly through the use of special-effects pyrotechnics or drone reveals that ship all of the enjoyable of fireworks with not one of the fright.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any approach”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Lone Star Park and the Texas Racing Fee follows.
July 1, 2022
Govt Vice President of Racing
Lone Star Park
Pricey Mr. Vance:
Thoroughbreds and fireworks on the similar observe make for a harmful mixture.
I’m writing on behalf of Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) to induce you to switch the fireworks show deliberate for the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Competition with a safer different, comparable to a drone or laser present. These choices would each be celebratory and defend the horses who will probably be at Lone Star Park for the races on July 3 and 4 in addition to the opposite home animals and wildlife within the neighborhood.
As you nicely know, horses are delicate, usually skittish animals, whose first intuition when startled is to bolt. Even when they’re securely contained in a stall, they will rear and injure themselves. Fireworks could cause even the calmest of animals to panic, try to flee, and even die from accidents attributable to the terrifying noise. A horse in Kentucky was so terrified by fireworks earlier than the Fourth of July that as he tried to run away, he fell, broke his hip, and later died. Quite a few comparable incidents have been reported, together with one wherein 68 horses have been so frightened by fireworks that they bumped into fences and different constructions, inflicting many accidents.
Along with the danger of damage, there’s the undeniable fact that some horses will probably be frightened by the loud cracks and booms of the fireworks. Why put them by way of this stress?
We strongly urge you to cancel the deliberate fireworks show as a way to defend the horses and all different animals within the neighborhood. Thanks. We look ahead to listening to from you.
Senior Vice President