Target: Victor de Souza, clothing designer and renowned fashion icon
Goal: Cancel dangerous horse-drawn carriage runway and debut clothes without cruel animal labor
New York Fashion Week is a grand event in which clothing designers debut various attire to generate buzz for their products. The upcoming affair will last from September 4 to September 11, 2014 and will feature popular designer Victor de Souza, who plans on having horse-drawn carriages escort his models down city streets. Horse-drawn carriages are especially dangerous and have resulted in injured pedestrians and dead horses in the past.
Animal rights organization PETA warns against the exhibition, citing “at least 18 accidents in the past two years” regarding horse-related mishaps. According to The New York Times, horses work grueling shifts (sometimes up to 9 hours) and often become frightened or restless in the hectic, cramped city environment. In one particular incident, a startled horse ran wild and collided with an automobile. The carriage driver sustained a skull fracture so severe that he had to be placed in a medically induced coma.
Amidst heavy protests and clear public safety concerns, the horse-carriage industry remains a lucrative tourist attraction. Though city council recently approved legislation to improve working conditions for horses, the potential for physical harm is always present. New York Fashion Week’s special horse runway is no exception and could pose a serious risk to both onlookers and commissioned horses.
Sign the following petition to demand that horses be removed from the fashion show. Urge Victor de Souza to display his garments in a humane and responsible manner.
Dear Victor de Souza,
Your exhibition for New York Fashion Week could endanger both the horses you’ve employed and the onlookers at the event. The horse-drawn carriage industry is a cruel and inhumane trade and has resulted in serious injuries to both people and horses in the past. For this reason, I urge you to cancel the horse escorts and simply debut your clothing using runway models.
According to The New York Times, horses work in grueling conditions and for lengthy periods of time, making them very restless, frightened, and highly irritable. Horses have died from fatal work-related incidents, and in one unfortunate case, a carriage worker had to be put into a medically induced coma because of the severe head trauma he sustained during an accident.
The risk you take by flaunting these overworked and terrified horses is too high and not worth the fleeting spectacle. Please, keep the safety of the public and these innocent animals in mind. Remove the horses from your show and help end the cycle of animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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