horse-drawn carriages

6 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Rahm Emanuel, Anna Valencia, Brendan Reilly, Walter Burnett Jr

Lower the maximum temperature for which horse-drawn carriages are allowed to operate

As Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." There is no reason horses in the city of Chicago should have to pull people around in 90 degree weather. It is 88 degrees outside today and there are horse-carriages everywhere. The city of Chicago's current regulation on horse-carriages is that they can operate when the temperature gets up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I propose we lower the maximum temperature in which horse-carriages can operate to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a very reasonable request and it will help the animals out greatly. The city of Chicago needs to stop allowing these animals to suffer in the heat. There have been many instances where horses have died of heat stroke from hot summer heat and humidity. Horses may even suffer from dehydration. Horses can easily be overworked and this is even worse in very hot weather. Making horses carry heavy carriages around all day in hot weather borders animal abuse. The pavement gets much hotter than the air temperature. Horse's hooves will get damaged from the extremely hot temperatures of the pavement. Show you care by lowering the maximum temperature in which horse-carriages can operate in Chicago to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. We cannot condone animal cruelty in the city of Chicago.  Here are some links of incidents involving horse-carriages:

Aryana Thompson
59,998 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Mayor Eddie DeLoach

Ban horse drawn carriages

We have news! Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC are joining to help our carriage horses! We received over 112,000 signatures in support of a ban on Savannah’s carriage tours. Now, we need your help to increase Charleston’s petition from 39,000 signatures to 100,000 signatures. Click lend your name, and share to ensure a brighter future for Charleston and Savannah’s work-animals. Two southern cities with one goal; working together to bring a positive change. Two years ago, bystanders looked on in horror as Oscar, a young carriage horse, sped through the streets of Savannah, GA pulling five terrified passengers, three of whom were children. Oscar was spooked after losing his bit. Oscar crashed into a vehicle, ejected his carriage operator, and left passengers helpless to stop him as he galloped down six city blocks. His operator was sent to the hospital with a broken heel and five cars were damaged. Horse drawn carriage accidents aren’t isolated events. From 2014 to present, over 40 carriage incidents involving carriage animals and passengers have made headline news in the United States.  Tourists are blissfully unaware of the dangers associated with taking a ride on a horse-led wagon through busy city streets. Carriage rides in densely populated cities are cruel and put both the horse and passenger’s safety at risk. Please join me in asking Savannah and Charleston to follow in the footsteps of cities like Biloxi, MS and Palm Beach, FL, and ban horse-drawn carriages.  Horses are afforded no federal protections under the Animal Welfare Act. It is up to local governments to create laws that protect them. Without protections, carriage horses are at the mercy of their owners. In a recent NYC audit, the city comptroller found that carriage horses often work nine hours-a-day, seven days-a-week in rain, snow or shine. They also found that NYC carriage horses receive inadequate amounts of water; putting them at risk of overheating in the summer months.  Horse-drawn carriages are inherently inhumane. Carriage horses are not mentally or physically capable of being surrounded by vehicle traffic and noxious fumes. It is not safe for horses, their passengers, motorists or pedestrians.  If safety issues and cruel working conditions are not enough to cause concern, one might take concern with the treatment of retired carriage horses. Due to costs associated with providing care to a horse that can no longer work, “retired” horses are often sold by the pound to kill buyers. Once sold, these horses will be butchered and shipped overseas. These majestic horses are literally abused till their dying day.  Join me in asking Mayor Eddie DeLoach to end this unnecessary and cruel practice. Sign my petition calling on him to ban horse drawn carriages in Savannah, GA.  In addition, SIGN and SHARE Charleston’s petition to ban horse-drawn carriage rides We are excited about our southern solidarity for the horses! THANK YOU for caring!

Savannah Animal Advocacy
117,746 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Holly Grange

Walk. Not ride. Stop carriage cruelty

As a local I enjoy walking Front St. and seeing the river on one side and local shops and restaurants on the other. It's a place I am proud to call home. However, that pride is shattered when straight down Market St. is a very public display of animal cruelty. Horse drawn carriages are a thing of the past. Their transportation is unnecessary in Wilmington NC. I grew up on a farm and I rode my first horse before I could walk. I understand and respect these animals and growing up I always remembered to put their needs before my own. After a trail ride you unsaddled your horse, rinsed off (hooves to back so their body temp. doesn't change too quickly) fed and watered them and put away their tack before leaving the barn. This went without hesitation because it was my job to look out for them. On our rides they looked out for me. Now, I am trying to look out for these horses. Even though they have on shoes, horses are naturally sensitive to hard surfaces.North Carolina Cruelty to Animal Statues 14-360 states that by definition "cruelty" and "cruel treatment" includes unjustifiable physical pain. A tourist attraction designed for a speechless and obedient horse to walk on 120 degree black pavement, past cars and through crowds of people in order for the owner to make money, is unjustifiable. To justify it would imply an animal can be pushed to it's limit. A limit that we as humans created for them. We decided what hurts and doesn't hurt them. So when is it considered unjustifiable? When the physical pain can be seen to the public eye though open wounds or showing ribs? Or is it when the long thick main is pushed back to reveal the eyes that are screaming for help? It's time to shut down the horse drawn carriage rides in Wilmington NC. It's time to help these horses find a life of peace.

Carrie Cavanaugh
2,001 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to The Ephrata Police Dept has a FB page and their phone number is 717-738-9265, Richard Alloway, ,

Prosecute this Amish man in Ephrata, PA, Lancaster County for animal cruelty of horse!

A witness saw an Amish man beating his horse to the point of collapse on a street in Ephrata, PA on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The horse was attached to a carriage filled with Watermelons and two adult men were riding it as well. When the horse was unable to pull the carriage by itself, one man stood next to the exhausted horse and beat it until it collapsed. The man continued to kick, hit, and pull on the helpless animal, as it appeared to be dying. The witness immediately called the police and they arrived at the scene. Police told the witness he was unsure if the outcome because the Amish are governed under a different law. Does this mean that the Amish community are exempt from prosecution for animal cruelty??? We must fight and demand that he be prosecuted under the same animal cruelty laws of the other citizens guilty of the same crime. Please sign this petition and contact the individuals listed on this petition to demand the prosecution of the man who did this. Demand that the laws do not allow anyone to be exempt from animal cruelty laws. Share this everyone in order to get enough signatures to put an end to this. We are the voices for the voiceless and without us they remain unprotected and vulnerable to continued abuse.

Laura A Valdes-Borsum
178 supporters