For immediate release:
May 14, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Baltimore – With Medina Spirit – a horse that tested positive for a banned drug after “winning” the Kentucky Derby – scheduled for Saturday’s race at the Preakness Stakes, PETA is advertising tomorrow Baltimore Sun reminding players to keep all tickets because coaches who cheat players with doping may have to pay.
Last year, the player received $ 20,000 in compensation in a first-of-its-kind PETA-supported lawsuit against a trainer and horse owner for drug abuse of a horse before a race.
“Any trainer who dopes horses is not only abusing them, but risking legal action,” says PETA Senior Vice President Katy Guillermo. “PETA is warning Preakness bettors if they bet in person, especially after the Kentucky Derby debacle, they could end up bringing horse abusers and cheaters to justice.”
Performance medications often mask horse pain by allowing them to race and train with injuries that would otherwise lead to disability. Illegal doping and overuse of drugs often lead to bone fractures and death.
Trainer Bob Buffert, who drives Medina Spirit and another horse at Preakness, has documented 30 confirmed drug law violations during his career, with five incidents in the last year alone. His previous excuses for positive drug test results include the assertion that poppy seed bagels are responsible for morphine in the horse’s body. Pending a second drug test and investigation, Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours to be used for entertainment” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…