For immediate release:
April 22, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Parkersburg, W.Va. – Following a controversial conversation between horse racing coach Bob Buffert and Parkersburg High School students about their industry, TeachKind – PETA’s humane education arm – sent a letter to School Principal Kenneth DeMoss this morning asking him to give him time to discuss the brutality of horse racing in the classroom.
TeachKind’s age-appropriate presentation will inform students that horse racing is notorious for fatal injuries and drug abuse – for example, Buffert was caught giving horses dangerous thyroid medication as a performance enhancing agent and had at least 30 disorders rules.
Last year, 58 horses died on tracks in West Virginia, and 10 horses have died at the Charles Town races this year. Many horses’ careers end with a trip to the slaughterhouse, and an 8-year-old thoroughbred who was injured at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in 2019 even ended up in a junkyard in West Virginia.
“The drug-rich gambling industry is not meant to be promoted to students,” says Martha Holmberg, senior director of PETA’s youth programs. “TeachKind wants to help Parkersburg High School students develop critical thinking skills by giving them a balanced perspective on horse racing.”
TeachKind, whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours to abuse them in any way,” opposes racism, a worldview based on human superiority, and its staff can send materials to schools, offer lesson plans and even host virtual events. Cool presentations for students, all free.
For more information please visit TeachKind.org or subscribe to TeachKind on Facebook or Instagram…