Budweiser slammed over ‘horrific’ tail severing of its famous Clydesdale horses – here’s how you can help

Author: Liam Gilliver

Read Time:   |  13th September 2023

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The beer giant is under growing pressure to stop amputating the tailbones of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales following an investigation…

Beer giant Budweiser has been slammed for its ‘horrific’ practice of tail-severing horses. 

Owned by Anheuser-Busch, the Belgian brand is being urged to stop amputating the tailbones of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Vegan charity PETA has sent a letter to the company along with a slew of other animal advocacy groups, demanding they use less aggressive methods such as tail braiding. 

Photo © PETA

Photo © PETA

Budweiser investigation

The letter follows a PETA investigation into Warm Springs Ranch and Grant’s Farm, both owned by Anheuser-Busch.

Video footage shows agitated Budweiser Clydesdales ‘uselessly flicking the remnants of their amputated tails incessantly as they try in vain to brush away biting, disease-spreading insects under the hot sun’. 

PETA points out that amputating horses tails has been outlawed in Belgium since 2001, and such a procedure should only be done if ‘medically necessary’.

Want to help make change? Click here to send Budweiser a clear message.


‘Lifelong pain’

“This is an unnecessary procedure—which involves severing the spine—is a permanent disfigurement that causes lifelong pain, affects the horses’ balance, and leaves them without natural protection from flies and other biting insects,” the letter reads.

“Horses also depend on their tails to communicate with herdmates… Removing all or part of their tailbones interferes with this important function…

“Tail braiding and wrapping would be sufficient to protect the Clydesdales’ tails from becoming entangled in wagon hitch equipment. [So], will you end this horrific practice now?”

Vegan Food & Living has contacted Budweiser for comment

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Written by

Liam Gilliver

Liam is a journalist working for the Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine. He's also the author of We're Worried About Him and has been published in the likes of The Independent, Huffington Post, and Attitude Magazine.

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