Target: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Goal: Implement immediate ban on horse-drawn carriages in New York City
A horse was recently pinned under its carriage after being startled by a bus in the streets of New York. The horse, 15 year old Spartacus, fell to the ground as the carriage prevented him from getting up. Witnesses to the accident said that the horse was forced to continue working after being helped up by his handler, despite an obvious limp in its gait.
Accidents like these are not uncommon in the horse-drawn carriage industry, and sometimes even result in serious injury and death for not only horses, but humans. Heavy traffic in busy cities not only frightens the horses, but also forces them to breathe polluted exhaust fumes for fifteen hours a day. Carriage horses work in all types of extreme weather conditions and are often forced to pull loads weighing more than the average horse can handle. They can suffer respiratory ailments and leg injuries, while some have even dropped dead on the street of heat stroke.
Though New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced intentions to ban horse-drawn carriages, the plan was put off after it received opposition from carriage companies. They claim that the proposed horseless alternative, an old-fashioned electric carriage, is simply not suitable. According to de Blasio, city council is expected to make a decision on the ban by the end of the year.
While New York City’s mayor and council remain indecisive, more horses are being injured. This outdated and cruel practice has no place in city streets, where competing with traffic, heat, and pollution causes daily stress to intelligent and docile animals. Your signature will demand that Mayor de Blasio renew his efforts to immediately ban horse-drawn carriages in New York city.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
A horse was recently pinned under its carriage after a bus spooked it, causing it to loose its footing and fall over. After the horse was unharnessed and helped up by its keepers, it was re-harnessed and forced to continue working despite its limp. The accident, like the majority of others, was on a busy street and caused distress to citizen and tourist onlookers.
Horse-drawn carriages pose a risk to horses as well as humans. Constant pollution, extreme weather, heavy traffic, and over-sized loads cause daily stress to horses as well as a plethora of health issues. In order to prevent further stress and injury to these intelligent animals, I ask that you continue to strive for an immediate ban on horse-drawn carriage rides.
[Your Name Here]
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