December 17, 2021

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

New York – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the five-year sentence handed down to trainer Jorge Navarro for drugging horses and peddling mislabeled drugs:

Jorge Navarro will eventually be let out of prison to pick up the pieces of his life, but there will be no starting over for the victims in this case—the horses, like X Y Jet, he “juiced” and killed. The people in racing who surely knew what was going on, if only from the shoes he wore that said, “Juice Man,” are just as guilty for looking the other way while this king of doping ignored state and federal laws, duped bettors, and caused horses to suffer and die. The public has made it clear that it won’t tolerate dying horses, and as long as racing protects criminals, the industry’s reputation will continue to disintegrate.

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