Stop the severe cruelty and abuse that occurs in the horse carriage trade in Indonesia. Replace the horse carriages with solar powered Tuk Tuks.
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This petition will be delivered to:

Ko-ko-mo Resort
Hotel Villa Ombak
Hotel Ombak Sunset
Scallywags Resort
Desa Dunia Beda
The Trawangan Resort
Pesona Resort
Gili Villas Indonesia
Vamana Resort
Villa Almarik
Linda Widiya
Queen Villas & Spa
Villa Grasia Resort & Spa
Villa Julius
Alam Gili
Gili Palms Resort
Gili Hideway
Villa Bulan Madu
Balikana Boutique Beach
Villa Casa Mio
Dream Divers
Lombok Travel LTI Tours
Gili Paradise
Lombok Travel Asia
Ocean Star Express Fast Boat to Gili
Canadian Embassy
U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia:
Robert Blake
US consukar agent in Bali:
US consukar agent
-Australia Consular Services
-Australia Consular Services
Consular Services
Swedish consulate:
British embassay
British embassay
MultiBintang Corp
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager
MultiBintang Corp
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager
Governor of Lombok
Pt. Gresik Semen
Tehbotol Sosro
Manager (Bintang)
The Beach House
Manager (The Beach House)
Secretariat of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association
Manager (Secretariat of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association)
MultiBintang Corp
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager (MultiBintang Corp)

Stop the severe cruelty and abuse that occurs in the horse carriage trade in Indonesia. Replace the horse carriages with solar powered Tuk Tuks.

    1. Petition by

      Horses Without Carriages International

The Gili Islands, which is part of Indonesia and close to Bali, are three small, tropical islands with no cars or motorbikes. Although it sounds like an idyllic paradise, it is anything but!  Animal cruelty and abuse is rampant on the Gili Islands and business and political leaders need to end the HORRIFIC carriage horse business and replace them with solar powered Tuk Tuks.

Gili Islands is home to the long suffering and poorly treated carriage ponies-YES they capture ponies from neighboring islands and put them to work sometimes up to eighteen hours a day. They are emaciated, have little rest, drink salt water and have no medical care. They have no pasture in which to graze and they are always hitched up to a carriage.  They live a miserable existence because their owners do not know how to care for them.  The ponies are moneymakers, worked to the bone and then slaughtered and replaced when they cannot pull any more.   They were once wild horses that were captured and now brought to the Gili Islands to begin their life of slavery.  They ARE clearly ponies because of their small size, which ranges from 11-14 hands - but the locals call them horses- which they are not.

This is an eye- witness account of a tourist who visited the Gili Islands: 
We recently visited the Gili Islands for a vacation.  But when we saw the horrific work conditions of the emaciated carriage horses, we cut our trip short.  On our first day, we saw a carriage break under the weight of tourists and the pony went flying in the air only to be beaten by his owner.  Many of the ponies were suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, visible open wounds and swollen tongues. They looked beat down and exhausted.

We were shocked at the uncaring blasé attitude of the drivers who seemed to feel our concern was humorous.  We learned that because there is very little fresh water on the island, the horses drink a mixture of salt water, which is sickening.   When they are not shuttling tourists around, the horses work up to 18 hours a day in the unforgiving heat hauling heavy loads of stone and building supplies.  We learned that there is no vet or farrier on the island, which deprives the horses of the most minimum of care. These are PONIES and they are not strong enough to pull these extreme weights.

Every tourist we spoke with felt as we do -- that it should be an embarrassment to the local business leaders of the Gili Islands.  But this condition has been allowed to fester for many years with no thought to fixing it.  

Please see these videos of the conditions in the GiliIslands:


We are asking for the following:

 -   Business leaders  - all the hotels - newly planned and existing - and political leaders - take this very seriously or risk losing money on their investments.  Companies that deliver goods to the island get involved in this solution.

- Work with Jakarta Animal Aid to implement the rescue and placement of all the horses in a sanctuary

-Invest in and implement the solar powered Tuk Tuks, which could transport tourists and cargo -- besides being humane the carriage drivers will keep their jobs and can easily learn how to operate these vehicles.

We, the undersigned, ask those who represent these interests to take the advice of this petition and shut the horse carriage industry down and replace it with solar powered Tuk Tuks. This is an opportunity for the Gili Islands to be the first eco friendly and cruelty free island in Indonesia and would bring lots of positive press to the islands. Tourists DO NOT want to see theses ponies suffering.

As potential tourists we take the pledge not to visit the Gili Islands or Indonesia until this issue is resolved in favor of the horses and will tell others to do the same.  There are many more humane vacation spots in the world that will get our business. 




Manager, Tourism
Manager, Ko-ko-mo Resort
Manager, Hotel Villa Ombak
Manager, Hotel Ombak Sunset
Manager, Scallywags Resort
Manager, Desa Dunia Beda
Manager, The Trawangan Resort
Manager, Pesona Resort
Manager, Gili Villas Indonesia
Manager, Vamana Resort
Linda Widiya, Villa Almarik
Manager, Queen Villas & Spa
Manager, Villa Grasia Resort & Spa
Manager, Villa Julius
Manager, Alam Gili
Manager, Gili Palms Resort
Manager, Gili Hideway
Manager, Villa Bulan Madu
Manager, Balikana Boutique Beach
Manager, Villa Casa Mio
Manager, Dream Divers
Manager, Lombok Travel LTI Tours
Manager, Gili Paradise
Manager, Lombok Travel Asia
Manager, Ocean Star Express Fast Boat to Gili
Manager, Canadian Embassy
Robert Blake, U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia:
US consukar agent, US consukar agent in Bali:
-Australia Consular Services, -Australia Consular Services
Swedish consulate:, Consular Services
British embassay, British embassay
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager, MultiBintang Corp
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager, MultiBintang Corp
Governor of Lombok, Lombok
Manager, Pt. Gresik Semen
Manager, Tehbotol Sosro
Manager (Bintang), Bintang
Manager (The Beach House), The Beach House
Manager (Secretariat of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association), Secretariat of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association
Ika Noviera: Corporate Communications and Responsibility Manager (MultiBintang Corp), MultiBintang Corp
Stop the horse abuse that occurs with the horse carriage trade and replace the horse carriages with solar powered Tuk Tuks.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures

      Thank you so much for taking the time to sign this petition. I know this is a place far removed from you in another part of the world but the abuse is sadly getting worse as there is a huge boom in construction for tourism.
      The good news is more people are visiting and reaching out to us saying this has to STOP!
      There is a meeting happening with both the tourism board AND the Governor of Lombok to discuss this issue! SO please if you take a moment and send this petition to your social network to sign we will stand a fighting chance to help these beautiful animals.
      This area survives on tourism and if tourists aren't happy there then something will have to change. Gratefully yours, Beth

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • clovie peck SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 1 day ago

      I have just returned from this place and the horses are overworked. they bear this hatred expression on their face, for the very people who raised and groomed them to slave for money. They hate mankind and I think they have every right to. This island claim to support this means of transportation because they are being economical and going green, yes at the expense of animal lives.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 days ago

      The only people available to change the world are the people now living in it, with all the beliefs they bring along - however retrograde those beliefs may appear to those of us who see ourselves

    • James Ferry AUSTRALIA
      • 8 days ago

      This is disgusting. Why should animals suffering like this in the name of 'tourism'. I will never travel to Gili Trawangan until this cruelty is outlawed.

    • Steven Tayler MONTREAL, CANADA
      • 9 days ago

      I visited Indonesia this past summer, and although I didn't witness this personally it makes me sick. Indonesia is a beautiful place and I believe if we have a chance to bring green transportation and save wild animals I think it should be capitalized on.

      • 15 days ago

      I witnessed this utter cruelty on a recent trip to the Gili Islands.. it upset me deeply. Its unnecessary.


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