Stop The Suffering Of Carriage Horses

Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

Goal: Ban horse carriages on New York City streets.

Horses made to pull carriage rides in the streets of New York are in constant agony. These animals are forced to navigate dangerous traffic, despite being very skittish animals. They are made to work in stifling heat or extreme cold; horses have died from exhaustion due to the former. They breathe in dangerous fumes and exhaust from cars and buses.

The push to end horse carriages has been going since 2013, when current mayor Bill de Blasio promised to do away with this practice on “day one,” only to fail to do so throughout his entire term. A compromise to reduce the number of horse carriages was attempted in 2016, only to fall through when the union representing carriage drivers protested it.

We cannot let horses continue to be abused like this. The animal rights group NYCLASS has launched a new campaign showing the physical and psychological damage that is done to the horses forced to pull carriages through crowded streets. Sign this petition to demand the city take heed and stop the suffering of these animals.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

Carriage horses in your city are forced to navigate dangerous traffic in unfriendly weather conditions. Many have died from heat exhaustion, and others become ill from breathing in heavy exhaust fumes from vehicles. Unfortunately, these problems have been ignored for decades in favor of romanticizing horse-drawn carriage rides for the people of the city.

Animal rights groups have been pushing to end horse carriages for years, and were highly disappointed by your failure to do so yourself as promised. A new ad campaign has highlighted the dangers to the horses, but that is only the beginning. You must take an active role in reducing or outright banning the use of carriage horses in your city. Horses are not protected by the Federal Animal Welfare Act, so it is up to the city to be mindful of their well-being.

Stop the suffering of innocent horses. They deserve better than to be forced through dangerous streets in unfriendly conditions.


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Photo Credit: Ryan McGuire

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  1. this damn animal cruelty must be abolished worldwide.
    in today’s time have the animals not to work, and Certainly not in the traffic
    for the transports we TAXIS
    people who want to ride in the coach are all pure animals abuser

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