Remove Live Horses from Fashion Show


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.


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Photo credit: Ian Petticrew via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Debra Diana says:

    I will never buy a single thing from this designer clothing line. I will tell my friends not to either. This is a disgrace!!

  2. Stan Benton says:

    Of course I want to see this idea for exploiting horses stopped. But I see horse drawn carriages for tourists in New York and San Antonio, and probably other U.S. cities. The poor horses need a decent life, and all such abuse should be stopped. (As far as the “need” for fashion shows, or “fashion” at all, that is a different issue, but I’d rather spend my time on something more useful.)

  3. Ravinder singh says:

    His designs must be as sick as his mind is.

  4. PLEASE find another way to advertise your clothes

  5. Anna Felkins says:

    Victor de Souza takes first place at fashion week with his elegant carrige horse presentation! Bravo!!

  6. Seems like the only ones acting like animals at the fashion show were the protestors. The horses were beautiful and calm and the drivers were professional. While the protestors did everything they could spook the horses and create an incident. Screaming and yelling, waving signs and accosting bystanders. Shameful! Putting the public at risk like that for a misguided ideology.

  7. Katherine Richards says:

    The protesters at this event were danger ours and showed no love of horses. They tried very hard to spook and terrorize the horses. The horses displayed such grace and calm in the face of such evil

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