Budweiser Agrees to End Clydesdale Horse Mutilations After Months of Protests

Animal activists are celebrating a recent win after months of protests, asking Anheuser-Busch to stop the mistreatment of their Clydesdale Horses. These famed horses have been used as the Budweiser logo for nearly a century.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, led the protests after their investigation revealed this malpractice. The investigation found that Anheuser-Busch amputated the tailbones of their famed horses in order for them to look a certain way as they pulled the wagon. But on September 20, PETA announced their campaigning and protesting paid off. Take a look at PETA's TikTok video, which was shared by @officialpeta, about their victory.

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What great news to hear to start the weekend! Budweiser officially agreed to stop "docking" off the tails of their Clydesdale Horses. This victory for animal activists comes after months of nationwide campaigns, protesting, and supporters sending over 120,000 emails.

According to an NPR article, the beer company said they discontinued the practice of equine tail docking earlier this year. The tradition of hacking off a horse's tail was started as a way to keep it from tangling in the harness or equipment, but today it is mainly done for cosmetic purposes. This process is condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners

A horse's tail is very important and serves several purposes - warmth, fly protection, and body language. A horse can use its tail to prevent itself from losing heat from the area under their tail. They might also bring the tail between its legs to cover the sheath or udder. When summer rolls around and flies are out and about, horses can use their tails to swat them away. And just like dogs, the different positions of their tails can show us how they feel.

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