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Petitioning CEO, Anheuser-Busch Carlos Brito and 1 other

Budweiser Beer, PLEASE STOP docking your horses tails.

Imagine that you are being attacked by flies, or wasps or mosquitos, but, you don't have the use of your arms to get them off of you. You run around -  gyrating your body, stamping your legs, doing whatever you can to rid yourself of the biting pests without much luck. That is what a horse with a docked tail has to endure. 

The docked horse cannot sweep away biting insects, they lose an important piece of anatomy used for communication and some spend their entire lives suffering chronic or phantom pain. And why? Just so the horse will "look" a certain way. That is cruel and inhumane.

Excerpt from the second reading of proposed bill put before the house of Lords, England:

DOCKING AND NICKING OF HORSES (PROHIBITION) BILL [H.L.]

HL Deb 01 February 1938 vol 107 cc571-92

"The general principle of law, as I understand it, with regard to cruelty to animals is this, that practices which are cruel and also necessary are legal. On the other hand, practices which are cruel and unnecessary are illegal."

The law banning the docking of a horse's tail did indeed pass in England. That law is still in effect.

LAWS - There are currently 14 states that regulate tail docking in some form. Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Washington prohibit the docking of a horse’s tail. Connecticut, Michigan and South Carolina prohibit tail docking of a horse unless it is determined to be medically necessary by a licensed veterinarian. In New Hampshire, permission must be granted by the state veterinarian before a licensed veterinarian may perform a tail docking procedure on a horse. Illinois prohibits the tail docking of a horse unless it is proven to be a benefit to the horse and California prohibits the docking of horses’ and cows’ tails except in emergency situations. Docking is banned in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. You can also add parts of Australia and New Zealand. These countries and states recognized the cruel nature of this procedure and BANNED IT!

So why remove such an important and sensitive piece of the horse’s anatomy? Docking of horses’ tails was originally performed for safety reasons when horses were harnessed for activities such as hauling, logging or pulling carriages (Tozzini, 2003). The rationale given for this was to prevent possible difficulties in controlling a horse whose tail had tangled in the harness or reins (Tozzini, 2003; Lefebvre et al, 2007). This justification is still used today. However, not all draught horses are docked and the inconsistent application of the practice implies that these horses can be managed adequately without the need to remove the tail. Simple and practical alternatives, such as plaiting or bandaging the tail, are available if necessary.

The AAEP policy states, in part, that:  "The American Association of Equine Practitioners is opposed to the alteration of the tail of the horse for cosmetic or competitive purposes."

Docking removes the majority of the tail vertebrae, leaving just a short length and usually done to young foals (Stafford and Mellor, 2010). Tail docking is defined in the Animal Welfare (Painful Husbandry Procedures) Code of Welfare 2005 as removing “most of the tail of an animal” (NAWAC, 2005) without specifying a method. This implies that any removal of the tail of a horse is, by definition, docking and is therefore a restricted surgical procedure. It is also clearly a painful procedure. Removal of the tail is usually performed when the horse is between two weeks and three months of age (Lefebvre et al, 2007). At this age, foals are able to perceive and respond to both deep cutaneous and superficial stimulation (Dunlop, 1994). While no studies have been carried out examining the epidemiology of the different methods, the acute or chronic pain induced as a result of removing the tail or the potential complications that the horse could experience as a result of using these methods, amputation of the tail has been shown to cause acute pain in other animals (Kent et al, 1998; Stull et al, 2002) and so is very likely to also cause acute pain in the horse. - NZVA

PLEASE Budweiser stop mutilating your horses so that others can see how much you care for them. Others then may follow suit.

To continue to do this inhumane act is one of the most heartless and STUPID things people do to animals. It does NOTHING to benefit man or horse..and does cause the horse to suffer...so STOP IT!! Please sign my petition to convince Anheuser-Busch to stop this cruel disfigurement of their horses and help set a new, humane standard for managing draft horses that others may follow.

This petition was delivered to:
  • CEO, Anheuser-Busch
    Carlos Brito
  • Chairman, Anheuser-Busch
    Kees Storm


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