Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in Chicago
  • Petitioning Susana Mendoza

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City Clerk, City of Chicago
Susana Mendoza

Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in Chicago

    1. Michael  Spencer
    2. Petition by

      Michael Spencer

      Chicago, United States


Collapsing while pulling carriages during summer heat waves, being forced to stand stationary in the sub-freezing, bitter cold while awaiting the next fare, being tethered to a carriage while being forced to inhale the exhaust fumes of the automobile just inches in front of them - Carriage horses are overworked in the harshest weather and most polluted conditions. 

There is nothing charming about this.

Built for soft ground and pastures, these horses are suffering from early lameness, respiratory disease, heat prostration and spooking (which can lead to accidents and injury).

Watch a trailer for the 2008 NYC based documentary "Blinders" here:

Many cities in the United States and around the world have already banned the use of carriage horses. And as New York City is on the verge of banning this awful practice, it's about time leaders in the city of Chicago get on board too. Let's demonstrate our compassion by supporting the ban of horse-drawn carriages in our city. Cruelty to animals does not belong in the streets of Chicago


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    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Morgan CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 days ago

      There is no place for slavery in a civilized society, and no reason to put horses on the streets to suck down exhaust while hauling around idiot tourists. Such a sad, embarassing blight on our city.

    • Loreal Davis CHICAGO, IL
      • 12 days ago

      horses aren't our entertainment

    • Jean Khatchadourian NEW YORK, NY
      • 30 days ago

      Banning horse-drawn carriages is a small step towards humans' recognition that it is immoral to exploit sentient beings, no matter the species. It is immoral to use and abuse them for our selfish and greedy purpose,s just because we can, and just because they cannot speak for themselves, or protest, or fight back. Nonhuman animals are our cousins; they evolved with us; they share the same five senses with us; they are living, feeling beings who know pleasure and pain, not just widgets. We must do right by them. It is an imperative. We must treat them with compassion and justice. We must stop eating them, exploiting them, torturing and murdering them.

    • naomi handscombe LILBOURNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I hate cruelty

    • Sharon Riordan AIKEN, SC
      • about 1 month ago

      How a country treats it's animals is indicative of how they treat each other as human beings.


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