Target: Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
Goal: Stop unnecessary injuries to horses and humans by banning outdated and cruel horse-drawn carriage rides.
Calls to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in Old Montreal have been renewed after the latest accident, in which a horse got away from its owner and was injured in traffic. The horse was struck by a car in the street and fell to its knees in the middle of an intersection. This is only one of many examples of carriage accidents in the city. Just last year, a photo went viral on social media of a Montreal carriage horse experiencing extreme distress after falling on a metal plate in the street.
The carriage industry forces horses to carry oversized carriages in harsh weather and busy traffic conditions. The horses work long hours every day, oftentimes without adequate time to rest, eat, and drink. Horses have fallen over due to heat stroke and dehydration, injured themselves and humans in collisions with vehicles and pedestrians, and even dropped dead in the streets due to exhaustion. They can suffer longtime health effects, including respiratory diseases and debilitating leg problems.
The carriage industry is cruel and outdated, and puts profit and entertainment before the welfare of sentient beings. With modern technology, many alternatives to live horses exist, including vintage-looking electric carriages. In order to prevent further injuries to both horses and humans, Montreal must move to a more modern alternative. Sign the petition below to ask the city to ban barbaric and antiquated horse-drawn carriages.
Dear Mayor Coderre,
The latest horse-drawn carriage accident saw a horse get away from its owner and run amok in the streets. It eventually fell to its knees after being struck by a motorist. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are commonplace in the carriage industry. Just last year, a Montreal carriage horse fell on a metal plate in the street and injured itself.
Carriage horses are forced to work long days in all kinds of weather. They have been injured in traffic collisions, collapsed due to heat stroke, and even died of exhaustion while working. Survivors of the carriage industry suffer lung ailments from constant inhalation of traffic exhaust as well as leg problems from the hard cement.
The carriage industry is cruel and antiquated. In order to ensure the safety of both horses and humans, it must be ended immediately. We, the undersigned, as that you ban horse-drawn carriages from the streets of Montreal.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Adam Jones