horse-drawn carriages

7 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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
60,717 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Eddie DeLoach

Ban horse drawn carriages

Our beautiful city could be a shining example of compassion instead of a city with shame.   A WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP has been formed to expose the cruel industry of Horse Drawn Carriages in Savannah and other cities around the world! Your signature to support Savannah, GA, combined with Atlanta, GA, Charleston, SC, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Dallas, TX, Kansas City, MO, Nashville, TN, New York City, NY,  Pasadena, CA, Philadelphia, PA, San Antonio, TX, St. Augustine, FL, Wilmington, NC, Berlin, Germany, Mallorca, Spain, Melbourne, Australia, Montreal & Victoria, Canada is creating awareness of the cruel reality of Horse Drawn Carriages! People are hearing you and it's fantastic!  Each city has its own specific tale of horror involving the Carriage Industry.  Traffic accidents, horses running in fear, human and equine fatalities, heavy loads, exhausted animals, long work days, inadequate water, the list is long and dismal.  Let's work together to tear up that list and make sure Savannah is a compassionate city.  We will all continue to work for Oscar, Arthur, Eli, Big John, Jimmy, Tiny, Blondie and the multitude of other horses and mules who have endured abuse at the hands of greed. View the New Partnership Always remember to SHARE, LIKE and SUPPORT. This is how you create a peaceful future for these enslaved horses and mules who are depending on you to speak for them. On the New Partnership page you will find links to each Petition and many of the Animal organizations who are working together.  

Savannah Animal Advocacy
118,173 supporters
Update posted 7 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
2,318 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Frank G. Jackson, Barbara A. Langhenry, Jim Renacci, Stephanie D. Howse, Bill Patmon, Nickie J. Antonio, Sherrod Brown, Terrell H. Pruitt, Zach Reed, Kerry McCormak, Kenneth Johnson, Phyllis Cleveland, Blaine A. Griffin, TJ Dow, Michael Polensek, Kevin Conwell, Jeffrey Johnson, Dona Brady, Anthony Brancatelli, Kevin Kelley, Brian Cummins, Matt Zone, Brian Kazy, Martin Keane, Robert Portman

Stop Inhumane Treatment of Horses- No more Horse-Drawn Carriages in Cleveland!

Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they can suffer debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. Horses have dropped dead from heatstroke after working in scorching summer heat and humidity. Horses are afforded no protection under the federal Animal Welfare Act, so the responsibility of looking out for their welfare falls to local animal-control officials. But anti-cruelty laws provide few safeguards to horses, and many humane agencies just don’t have the resources or the time to monitor horse-drawn carriages on a regular basis. Animals can easily be overworked when profit-driven operators fail to follow regulations. And there are no laws preventing old, injured, or spent horses from being sent to slaughter. Horses are considered property under the law, so owners can dispose of them in any way that they want. Since many may consider it cost-prohibitive to care for an animal who isn’t bringing in any revenue, the fate of discarded horses is grim. UPDATE: On July 15, 2017 another terrified horse fell in traffic while being forced to pull a carriage. Here are the details from an eye witness: Last night a horse from Shamrock carriage rides in downtown Cleveland was forced to go down a very steep slippery brick hill with heavy traffic and collapsed slid and hit a car. He was clearly terrified because he kept peeing everywhere and was so exhausted he was not able to stand and yet the carriage driver was trying to get him down the hill and to keep going instead of pull him off to the side of the road to avoid being hit by a car like many horses being used for this do. After my friend and I insisted he only cared about himself and continuing on and that he needed to get him off the road he finally listened. The horse had been injured sliding and should not have been forced to keep going so he can make a dollar. He only called for help because we made a scene. Not because he cared. Myself and a couple others pulled the carriage off of him and made the driver unhook him and called someone to get him on a trailer and out of there. WE tried to calm the horse down and help him relax to ignore all the drunk belligerent people walking by and swarming him to take pictures with the horse. Not even the driver. We had to explain to people what just happened and to back off the driver didn't warn anyone. He wouldn't completely unlatch him and the horse spooked and ran in the street to get away not knowing he was still attached and dragged my friend across the road by his foot that got caught and slammed him into a cement pillar, ran into the steep street and collapsed on his side. It took several bystanders to help get the horse up so he didn't get hit. We had to put car mats under his hooves to get an actual drip on the floor, because it was that slippery. The driver couldn't even handle his own horse in a situation like that. Luckily there were several of us around that knew how to handle him. The horse got up and ran down the road the second he was free and the gentleman took him back up the SAME steep road that exhausted him instead of having someone come to THEM. This is cruel and unnecessary to force these horses, a skittish animal, to walk for hours in the heat and humidity, in over crowded city roads, and surrounded by too many people to make money. You can say they're "bred for this." But what we witnessed yesterday was so wrong. This is why horses are killed in roads all the time. It wouldn't happen if we didn't allow companies like this! Someone needs to investigate this company and get it shut down. Learn what roads and routes are IMPOSSIBLE for your over worked horse to travel. Learn when your horse needs a break to eat, drink and rest. Understand the busy streets of Cleveland on a Saturday night is not the place for a horse. Stop using horses for your little "fairytale" ride through Cleveland and just to take pictures and say you road a carriage. Nothing about this is a fairytale. It's entertainment for humans and slavery for them to walk hours and hours on end in 80+ degree weather up and down steep hills. So so cruel.  

Kathleen Kelley
23,561 supporters