Target: Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia
Goal: Ban horse carriages proven to be unsafe and inhumane.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are still allowed in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, despite the health and safety risks they pose. A new report by the Victoria Horse Alliance outlines important safety concerns due to documented collisions, evidence of improper equipment maintenance, and inadequate care for the horses.
According to the group, “past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the street or inhumane treatment of the horses.” Alongside other activists and politicians, including Councilor Ben Isitt, the group is urging the city to join others such as London, Toronto and Beijing that have successfully banned this inhumane tradition.
Yet Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps claims that this form of animal exploitation adds “vibrancy” to the city. Sign this petition to convince her that this is not the case, and demand that the city of Victoria bans horse-drawn carriages once and for all.
Dear Mayor Helps,
It is high time the city of Victoria banned horse-drawn carriages. A new report by the Victoria Horse Alliance details the numerous collisions and safety concerns caused by this industry. The group has also found telling evidence of improper maintenance of equipment and inadequate care to the horses. Moreover, these stressed animals are forced to meander through busy traffic, putting themselves, carriage riders and the general public at great risk.
Your claim that this inhumane and outdated tradition adds “to the vibrancy of the downtown” is disappointing, as it appears you are making light of serious health and safety hazards and breaches to animal welfare. I urge you to take animal welfare seriously as well as the safety of your city’s residents and visitors and ban horse-drawn carriages for good.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Adam Jones