horse-drawn carriages

9 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Birmingham City Council, Mayor Woodfin, Cedric D. Sparks, Ed Fields

Ban the dangerous and cruel practice of horse-drawn carriage rides in Birmingham, AL

Collapsing while pulling carriages during summer heat waves, being forced to stand stationary in the bitter cold while awaiting the next fare, being tethered to a carriage while being forced to inhale the exhaust fumes of the automobile just inches in front of them - Carriage horses are overworked in the harshest weather and most polluted conditions.  There is nothing charming about this. Built for soft ground and pastures, these horses are suffering from early lameness, respiratory disease, heat prostration and spooking (which can lead to accidents and injury). Many cities in the United States and around the world have already banned the use of carriage horses. Such as: San Juan, who's mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto banned them with an executive order citing "deplorable conditions of exploitation and mistreatment to which horses are subjected to in Old San Juan."  Other cities who have banned carriage rides include:  Asheville, Beijing, Biloxi, Broadway at the Beach, Camden, Deerfield Beach, Guadalajara, Key West, Las Vegas, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oxford, Palm Beach, Panama City Beach, Pompano Beach, Reno, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Toronto, & Treasure Island As other cities have been banning carriage rides, I do not see why Birmingham would allow this cruel practice to take place on our streets. Birmingham City Council recently approved the permitting of Magic Tours to have horse-drawn carriage rides without even a discussion. This cruel and unsafe practice should not be allowed in our city and especially in Alabama heat where there is no provision in the law that limits the temperature in which the horse can work under. Need more convincing? Here are some good reasons: 1) Public Safety: Birmingham does not currently have proper regulations for safely operating carriages in the city. The Partnership to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages Worldwide keeps meticulous records of *reported* injury and incidents involving horse-drawn carriages. Since 2015 there have been 10 counts of human fatalities associated with carriage-horses, 58 counts of injury to passengers, 19 counts of equine fatality, 17 counts of equine injury, and 21 counts of property damage. These are caused not just by vehicle collisions, collapsing horses, spooked horses, and working not under regulations. This is a public safety matter. 2) Traffic: Has the city even considered how a slow-moving carriage horse is going affect our traffic and roadways? Bicyclists are currently struggling to be able to ride alongside the city drivers. Now, we will have cars speeding around carriages spooking the horses. This is a public safety issue. There are currently no regulations, on carriage routes, for times of day and routes by which congestion can be avoided - not only for the safety of the passengers, but the horses as well. 3) Regulations: The city of Birmingham does not currently have adequate regulations for the safe operation of carriages or the safety of the animals. The current regulations are antiquated and completely inadequate. Of utmost concern is that there is no regulation on the temperature at which a carriage can operate. In our Alabama heat, this is a deep concern for both the horse and the safety of the passengers riding. The horse is allowed to work for up to 10 hours a day no matter the temperature. There is no regulation on hand walking the horse after trailering it into town, per veterinarian recommendation. Water is not required while working, but is up to discretion. And, the horse can be worked up to 5 days in a row in these conditions. All of this is completely inadequate. With little to no oversight, this can be deadly for both horse and human. 4) Enforcement: Even if we did have adequate laws surrounding carriage horses, who is going to be enforcing these laws? Currently, the regulations only stipulate that a veterinary certificate of health should be filed with the chief of police annually. If a horse dies, would there be an investigation? If a regulation is broken, would the BPD be trained on enforcing? It is common in many cities that the officers are not adequately trained to understand violations, making violations rampant. There is little to no oversight which puts the public and horses at risk. 5) Animal Cruelty: If none of the above really convinces you, think about the horses who are loaded up and trailered in for who knows how long, not required to be walked before being hitched up, then forced to work for 10 hours with no temperature or water regulations amongst vehicles, then to be trailered back just to go back to a stall and not have free reign in a pasture. Not to mention the countless injuries and deaths that occur to these horses while they are working. Let's demonstrate our compassion by supporting the ban of horse-drawn carriages in our city. Cruelty to animals does not belong in the streets of Birmingham.Sign, then join the facebook group

Sara Bush
10,541 supporters
Update posted 3 months 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
119,539 supporters
Update posted 4 months 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
62,055 supporters