Petitioning Nashville Mayor Mayor Megan Barry and 42 others

Ban Horse Drawn Carriages in Nashville

113,832
Supporters

Horse drawn carriages used to be one of the few forms of transportation. Now, they’re a nostalgic commodity, a novelty often placed in high-traffic tourist spots—such as the ones we all see in our own downtown Nashville. You’ve seen them, the horses with hanging heads and foaming mouths; maybe you’ve even wondered when the last time was they drank water during a sweltering summer day. That may have been your concern, but it wasn't the concern of those filling their pockets from exploiting these sensitive animals.

The horses pulling these money-making carriages are exposed to a variety of harmful conditions. Think about all the traffic we see downtown, all the exhaust spewing from these cars and into the horse’s air. Many carriage horses develop respiratory ailments from persistent exposure to manmade pollutants, such as the car exhaust. These horses are made to walk for hours and hours on hard pavement; this often leads to leg and hooves problems. And that horse who you thought might be thirsty? He/she may have died from heatstroke or dehydration—there are many documented cases of horses falling dead from weather conditions or a lack of attending to their most basic needs.

It isn’t just the horses who suffer either. The safety of both Nashville residents and tourists is at risk every time a horse is used in this exploitative manner. Several people have seen the carriages blatantly run through red lights, often narrowly avoiding an accident. An accident involving a horse-drawn carriage and any type of vehicle—be it your own car, a sightseeing bus, or any other form of public transit—would be both devastating in terms of loss and damage, but would also be a gruesome tragedy drawing all the wrong attention to our city known for music and honkey tonks. Don’t let it be recognized for animal abuse.

Let’s face it, Nashville. This is cruelty, not entertainment. Our city has multiple transportation methods that are fun for everyone—and still feed our city’s commerce and growth. Tell our city officials you want this abuse to end now.  

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Nashville Mayor
    Mayor Megan Barry
  • Nashville Vice Mayor
    Vice Mayor David Briley
  • Nashville Council At Large
    John Cooper
  • Nashville Council At Large
    Erica Gilmore
  • Nashville Council At Large
    Bob Mendes
  • Nashville Council At Large
    Sharon Hurt
  • Nashville Council At Large
    Jim Shulman
  • Nashville Council Member
    Nick Leonardo
  • Nashville Council Member
    DeCosta Hastings
  • Nashville Council Member
    Brenda Haywood
  • Nashville Council Member
    Robert Swope
  • Nashville Council Member
    Scott Davis
  • Nashville Council Member
    Brett Withers
  • Nashville Council Member
    Anthony Davis
  • Nashville Council Member
    Nancy Van Reese
  • Nashville Council Member
    Bill Pridemore
  • Nashville Council Member
    Doug Pardue
  • Nashville Council Member
    Larry Hagar
  • Nashville Council Member
    Steve Glover
  • Nashville Council Member
    Holly Huezo
  • Nashville Council Member
    Kevin Rhoten
  • Nashville Council Member
    Jeff Syracuse
  • Nashville Council Member
    Mike freeman
  • Nashville Council Member
    Colby Sledge
  • Nashville Council Member
    Burkley Allen
  • Nashville Council Member
    Freddie O'Connell
  • Nashville Council Member
    Mary Carolyn Roberts
  • Nashville Council Member
    Ed Kindall
  • Nashville Council Member
    Sheri Weiner
  • Nashville Council Member
    Mina Johnson
  • Nashville Council Member
    Kathleen Murphy
  • Nashville Council Member
    Russ Pulley
  • Nashville Council Member
    Jeremy Elrod
  • Nashville Council Member
    Davette Blalock
  • Nashville Council Member
    Tanaka Vercher
  • Nashville Council Member
    Karen Johnson
  • Nashville Council Member
    Jason Potts
  • Nashville Council Member
    Fabion Bedne
  • Nashville Council Member
    Jacobia Dowell
  • Nashville Council Member
    Sam Coleman
  • Nashville Council Member
    Angie Henderson
  • Nashville Council Member
    Dave Rosenberg
  • The Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County
    Metro Nashville Council

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