Stop Subjecting Horses to Violent, Raging Crowds

Target: Richard Ross Jr., Police Commissioner, Philadelphia, PA

Goal: Stop the use of mounted police for crowded events.

A deranged fan outside of a Philadelphia Eagles football game reportedly attacked a police horse this past month. 19-year-old Andrew Tornetta allegedly attacked a police horse used by mounted police, punching the horse in the mouth. Tornetta was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related charges. The previous week, 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was arrested for similarly allegedly assaulting a police horse outside of a sporting event.

Police departments use mounted patrol units, or cops astride horses, across the nation. While many police departments are always pushing to have the best and newest technology, mounted units are one of the oldest policing tools. Horses are often used in police forces to do things that cars and other vehicles do not allow. Horses can jump curbs, turn into tight alleys, and even chase down suspects who might be fleeing on foot through narrow passages. L.A. County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Haertsch has said that although the technology of mounted units might be dated, they are still useful. “Even though it’s, I guess you would say ‘old technology,’ it’s very, very valuable in the 21st century,” he said.

However, despite the benefits that mounted units might allow, when the horses themselves are constantly exposed to dangerous situations without their consent and without any protection against them, the mounted units become a means of animal cruelty. Sign this petition to urge the police commissioner of Philadelphia to stop the use of mounted units at crowded events like sports games.


Dear Police Commissioner Ross,

A fan outside of a recent Eagles football game reportedly assaulted a police horse, punching the animal in the mouth. Although the assailant was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related charges, there is no legal action that can reverse the harm done to the animal, which undoubtedly includes psychological trauma in addition to the physical injuries the horse sustained.

Although mounted police units have been used throughout the history of urban policing, allowing police to jump curbs, turn into tight alleys, and even chase down suspects who might be fleeing on foot through narrow passages, it is necessary to think of the horses that serve in mounted units as animals first and employees second. The welfare of these animals must be made paramount. These horses should be patrolling parks and other natural spaces, not crowded events like sports games. I urge you to stop the use of mounted police in these situations where the animals are put at unnecessary risk of harm.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Always, never fails! Cowards abuse animals! As for the police, get off your high horse and walk! Stop using animals!

  2. either protect these horses with proper armor or don’t use them and shoot the bastards that harm them these people that attack animals are deranged the knights horses wore armor why can’t the police horses they are exposed to danger all the time do your jobs and protect them


  4. What is wrong with people that they have to rage and attack anything that is in front of them? A little self control would go a long way! We are supposed to be civilized, not Neanderthal!
    If self control isn’t an option, then incarceration is the answer, where they can be taught that freedom is a privilege, not to be abused.

  5. Horses should not be used for police tactics anymore. Too many crazies out there hurting animals.

  6. Jaime Perez Jaime Perez says:

    Simple assault! Really? Hitting that horse is the same as hitting a human officer. He’s part of the police department. Stupid dumb asses in this world.

    • I thought the SAME exact thing, police dogs are considered officers, and horses serving the community should be treated the same, these PUNKS who harm, or attempt to harm these horses should be charged with assaulting an officer!!

  7. Bev Woodburn says:

    All I can say is kill this bastard Andrew Tornetta. He will never be able to punch another innocent Horse or be cruel to another sentient beings.

  8. this is outdated shit – take motorcycles – they are fast and agile
    policing is animal cruelty,
    Unfortunately, the poor horses can not defend themselves because they are flight animals
    and have to carry a human on the back which gives the orders.
    whether the orders are right or wrong is no longer important to the horse because he is afraid.

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