Please stop Grand Turk Horseback Riding into the Ocean

Please stop Grand Turk Horseback Riding into the Ocean

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Chris Car started this petition to Carnival Cruise Lines and

I recently visited Grand Turk on a Princess Cruise (owned by Carnival) and while I was so excited to visit a new island I hadn’t been to before, I was soon horrified to see the horrible treatment of two horses on the beach.  Both horses were being roughly treated by their riders while they forced them to trot down the beach to where there were tourists.  What immediately got my attention was how one of the horses was fighting with the rider and the rider was so cruelly trying to make the horse obey.  Then, after the rider slowed down to try to sell rides to the tourists, I noticed that the horse was walking funny and everyone in my party agreed that the horse likely had a broken back or hip.  So heartbreaking to see!  After that rider left when no one bought a ride on his obviously injured horse, about 10 minutes later, another rider came along and his horse had an obvious limp and back issue as wel.  It was sickening to see how these beautiful horses had obviously been mistreated and no one was caring for their injuries.  In addition, we swam in the area they were and it was very difficult for us to get out of the water with the way the sand dropped off at the shore. I cannot imagine how these beautiful horses would have been able to do that as well.

The main beach area next to the cruise terminal is frequented by numerous cruise travelers every year.  In fact, Carnival also had another ship in port that same day.  The cruise industry has the ability to put a stop to the way these animals are being treated.  I understand that tourism is the main source of income on this island, but that shouldn’t be at the expense of animals.  

Please join me in requesting that these cruise lines demand that this type of activity be stopped immediately.  

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