City of Victoria: Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

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City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here.

WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry.

AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced over 20 collisions and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city.  

AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk.

AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets.

AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies.

AND WHEREAS recent documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA.  

AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues.

AND WHEREAS Victoria Horse Alliance has compiled a report which outlines how a “phasing out” to a ban could be naturally accomplished by Dec 31st, 2017 based on current rental agreements between the City of Victoria and carriage operators.

THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2017.

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