Horse Drawn Carriage Regulations in Fort Worth to Protect Horses in Temperature Extremes
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I witnessed obvious animal cruelty in Fort Worth on June 2, 2018, at a popular tourist destination. It was 102 degrees with a heat index of 113 and there was a heat advisory. There were horses pulling carts full of tourists with no immediate access to water or adequate shade. The horses were not rested between tours, as far as I could tell. They were overheated, exhausted, and overworked. Fort Worth currently does not have any rules that protect the horses during temperature extremes.
Obviously, we have very hot summers in North Texas. I want to ensure that the working animals (specifically horses pulling carriages) are treated humanely at all times but especially during temperature extremes. Several cities have recently placed regulations on the horse carriages including San Antonio, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, New York City, and Chicago.
I'm not opposed to working animals and I'm not asking to have the carts banned indefinitely; I am respectfully requesting that the City of Fort Worth enact regulations to ensure working horses (and all animals) are treated humanely at all times.
Fort Worth (and other North Texas cities) need regulations regarding temperature extremes immediately. At the very least, animals need immediate access to water at all times, adequate shade, and mandatory rest between tours.
Let's follow Savannah Georgia's example and put policies in place to protect carriage horses in extreme weather.
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