Stop Exposing Horses to Danger in City Centers

Target: Mr. Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom

Goal: Investigate and end the practice of using horses in city centers to prevent future incidents and ensure the safety of both animals and the public.

On July 1st, three horses from the Household Cavalry reportedly escaped and bolted through central London after one was spooked by a bus. One horse allegedly collided with a car bonnet. This follows a previous incident in April when cavalry horses were reportedly seen running through London, covered in blood. These alleged incidents highlight the dangers and ethical concerns of using horses in city environments.

Animal Aid has campaigned against routine animal abuse since 1977 and urges the public to reconsider the use of horses in city centers, emphasizing the significant harm caused to the animals and the potential risk to public safety.

The three horses have reportedly been captured and returned to barracks. This situation underscores the urgent need to review and end the practice of using working horses in urban areas to prevent further harm. Take stringent measures to hold individuals accountable for maintaining unsafe conditions for horses and to end the use of horses in city centers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Grant Shapps,

A recent incident in London has brought to light the urgent need to reconsider the use of cavalry horses in city centers. On July 1st, three horses from the Household Cavalry reportedly escaped and bolted through central London, causing public concern. This follows a similar incident in April. These events highlight the dangers and ethical issues associated with using horses in urban environments.

We urge you to investigate and end this outdated practice to prevent further harm to both animals and the public. The repeated incidents of horses escaping in panic underscore the inherent risks involved. These frightened animals not only pose a danger to themselves but also to pedestrians, motorists, and anyone else in the vicinity. The stress and potential injuries these horses face in such situations are unacceptable.

Moreover, the city environment is unsuitable for horses, causing undue stress and health issues. Modern urban life, with its noise, traffic, and unpredictable events, is far from the natural habitat these animals need. The negative impact on their well-being is undeniable and raises serious ethical concerns.

Immediate action is necessary to ensure safety and well-being. Ending the use of working horses in city centers will protect both the animals and the public from future harm. The UK should set an example in animal welfare by discontinuing practices that subject animals to unnecessary risks and stress.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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