Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in Seattle

Target: Michael McGinn, Mayor of Seattle

Goal: Stop the use of horse-drawn carriages in Seattle, WA

Horse-drawn carriages are used in many large cities and have been for years. With our many forms of transportation: automobiles, bicycles, the Segway, and skateboards to name a few,  it is a wonder why animals would be worked on the streets at all anymore, especially very busy and dangerous streets. Horse-drawn carriages are old-fashioned, abusive and unnecessary. Many cities have banned the use of horse-drawn carriages for entertainment purposes; it is time that the progressive city of Seattle follows suit.

Many patrons of horse-drawn carriages are drawn to their romantic appeal. Images of princesses, fairy tales and general Old World charm are conjured up in tandem with the horse-drawn carriage. The reality, however, is far from romantic. Many cities including London, Oxford and Paris, have banned horse-drawn carriages due to mistreatment of the horses and accidents involving carriages. The horses work many hours a day, in all weather conditions, with little time for rest. The horses are too often overworked and underfed. They are forced to endure heavy traffic, poor road conditions, loud people and intense emergency vehicles.

The streets of Seattle, Washington, are steep, narrow and busy. While many carriage drivers avoid the prevalent and intense hills, there are still constant stressors in the horse’s immediate vicinity. During tourist season there are too many people for the downtown streets and constant vehicle congestion. During the off season local traffic provides little relief. The streets of Seattle are no place for a horse, let alone a massive horse-drawn carriage. There are many other interesting alternatives to horse-drawn carriages, such as carriages attached to bicycles and powered by people. Urge the Seattle Mayor to create a ban on horse-drawn carriages. It is time to put a stop to this cruelty in Seattle.


Dear Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn,

Horse-drawn carriages are a part of many cities attractions, including Seattle. There are many forms of transportation available to people in our modern times, such as bicycling, automobiles and skateboards. These forms of transportation are very useful and practical, unlike the use of a horse-drawn carriage. Horse-drawn carriages are anachronistic, abusive and unnecessary.

Many cities have already banned the employment of horse-drawn carriages for entertainment. Such cities include Paris, Oxford and London. The horses are often overworked and mistreated. There are so many negative distractions on the roads of Seattle that make the setting most unnatural for horses. They are forced to endure narrow roads, loud people, tourist season and frequent emergency vehicles. There was a time when a horse-drawn carriage was a necessary means of transportation. However, in our modern times, there is no more use for them in an urban environment.

Please place a ban on horse-drawn carriages and encourage alternative tourist attractions. There are many carriages that are powered by people on bicycles: this provides a very unique experience and highlights the athleticism of some of Seattle’s residents. Horse-drawn carriages are out of date. Please keep Seattle in the forerunning of progression.


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