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  • Petitioning Senator Joel T. Chaisson, II

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Senator Joel T. Chaisson, II
The Mayor of New Orleans
Mitch Landrieu
Interim Vice President City Council
Eric Granderson
District B City Council
Stacy Head
District D City Council
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
District A City Council
District A Susan G. Guidry
The Louisiana Lieutenant Governor
Jay Dardenne
District C City Council
District C Kristin Gisleson Palmer
District E City Council
Jon D. Johnson
President City Council
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
Louisiana Governor
President of the United States
Louisiana State Senate
Louisiana State House

Campaign to Ban Mule-Drawn Carriages in New Orleans

    1. Evlin Lake
    2. Petition by

      Evlin Lake

      Los Angeles, CA

We Are The Coalition Campaigning to Ban Mule-Drawn Carriage Rides in New Orleans LA.

Mules suffer greatly in New Orleans .. They are not properly cared for... Handlers ride them hard, long distances daily... work in congested city traffic, poor weather conditions, carry hefty people around the city, chained, tired, thirsty, hungry, foam at the mouth, sleep in tight spaces...


We have been watching the cruel mule carriage rides for years. Carriage rides are nothing more than entertainment for profit. Would you want to be their slave? I wouldn't. We need to speak up for the weak and the voiceless. They have nobody else. Even though some carriage companies claim they treat their mules well and follow the law, it is still animal cruelty. Laws are made because people make them. They are not always right.

Animal activists protest use of mule-drawn carriages in New Orleans - http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Animal-activists-protest-use-of-mule-drawn-carriages-in-New-Orleans-137353353.html                                 



On December 18, 2011 A white horse fell and died in front of 733 Bourbon street, NEW ORLEANS.  The horse went into a seizure, fell, got back up, then fell again and died.  The handler quickly took off the horses saddle and reins... 

The handler claims this was not a work horse but several witnesses say he worked the horse hard for 12 hours a day Thurs - Sun. Some often made complaints about the cruelty.  Citizens that know the truth are outraged.

FROM:  http://www.nola.com/pets/index.ssf/2011/12/owner_of_horse_that_collapsed.html">NOLA.COM    Owner of  Horse that collapsed and died on Bourbon Street has been under investigation.  

The owner of the horse that dropped dead on Sunday afternoon has been offering buggy rides to tourists in the French Quarter for months. At issue is whether he charges for them.

The city’s Taxicab Bureau has been investigating Steven Chambers, 51, of New Orleans, after complaints by carriage companies that Chambers, who is unlicensed and uninsured, was operating illegally. The companies also allege Chambers mistreated his horses and did not clean up after them.

So far, city investigators haven’t found evidence that Chambers charges tourists for rides, said Malachi Hull, director of the city’s Ground Transportation Bureau. If they determine he has been charging tourists for rides, Chambers could be served a summons for operating without a permit, a charge that can carry up to 90 days’ imprisonment.


Chambers says his horse rides are strictly free.

“It’s all for fun,” Chambers, who owns a plumbing company, said Monday. “I don’t take any money for any rides. These horses are not for hire and that’s why I don’t believe I need a license.”

But representatives of Royal Carriages, Mid-City Carriages and Good Old Days Carriages claim that every weekend, Chambers is in the same spot in the French Quarter, on the corner of Decatur and Madison Streets.

“A guy doesn’t go out in the Quarter all the time and have different people on the cart all the time if he’s not being paid for it,” said Louis Charbonnet, owner of Mid-City Carriages. “It’s definitely an illegal situation.”

After the deaths of two horses in the summer of 1980, the city council outlawed horses, opting instead to allow mules, which are hardier, to pull carriages. The company in charge of the horses that died, Le Petite Tours, subsequently lost its permit to operate.

The three carriage companies that have complained about Chambers also say his horses looked mistreated, with sores on their ankles, visible ribs and back bones, and dull coats.

The horse that died Sunday was 10 years old, which is “way too young to be dropping dead,” said Dr. Allison Barca, the veterinarian advising the LSPCA on the case. Most horses live to around 25, Barca said.

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has sent the horse’s body to LSU Veterinary Clinic for a necropsy, to determine the cause of death, said Katherine Leblanc, LSPCA spokeswoman.

“It’s a shame it had to come to that, but we’ve always looked at the condition of his animals out in the Quarter and they’ve not been healthy,” Charbonnet said.

Chambers often brings three horses into the Quarter, the carriage companies said. Two horses pull a two-person buggy and the other walks behind with a person riding on it, which is illegal for licensed companies to do.

Patricia Mata, president of Good Old Days Carriage Co., suggested that city investigators haven’t caught Chambers giving tourists paid rides because they don’t work weekends.

Hull said the city has received many complaints about horse manure on the sidewalks, and the carriage companies blame Chambers, whose horses — unlike their mules — don’t wear diapers.

“He wastes all over the sidewalk, especially on that corner of Decatur and Madison,” said James Lauga Jr., general manager of Royal Carriages. “I’m constantly picking up after him.”

Lauga said he and the other carriage companies gave the city photos of Chambers’ buggy rides and waste left on the sidewalk.

Hull said the bureau’s investigation is ongoing.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Animal activists protest use of mule-drawn carriages in New Orleans

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      WWLTV covered the recent protest and online campaign. The story includes a quote from organizer Evlin Lake who believes "animal cruelty is not romantic," despite what the industry may claim.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • matt landry CHALMETTE, LA
      • about 1 month ago

      One of these Mules actually ran in to my Truck, did considerable damage but the main thing was that there seemed to be no concern for the mule. Owner said he would pay for the damages but now has changed his mind

    • Dawn Gonzalez METAIRIE, LA
      • about 1 month ago

      I've always felt it was abuse !

    • Tami Hottes PINCKNEYVILLE, IL
      • 2 months ago

      Cruelty is never an option

    • lacey daigle CALPELLA, CA
      • 2 months ago

      The animals work in terrible conditions without being cared for properly, animals can not speak for themselves and need us to speak up for them

    • Alisa Daniels REGO PARK, NY
      • 2 months ago

      I support this petition because I believe that horses don't belong on the streets doing last centuries work. It's dangerous for the horses and the people.


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