Target: Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker
Goal: Ban horse carriage rides in Salt Lake City
Jerry, a 13 year old carriage horse, recently collapsed on the street in Salt Lake City’s sweltering 90 degree heat. After being dragged with ropes into a trailer and returned to a farm, the horse died. Jerry only lived to half the lifespan of an average healthy horse, which raises questions about treatment of horses within the carriage industry.
Witnesses of the collapse became distraught, soon pressuring the owners of Carriage for Hire, Jerry’s owning company, for a response. Annette Overson of Carriage for Hire released a statement that Jerry was feeling better, with a photo of a standing horse. The only problem- the horse wasn’t Jerry. Overson later admitted that she had taken a photo of a similar horse, and the real Jerry had died. Owners claim the horse was suffering from colic, however, a Utah Animal Rights Coalition member that was present saw no symptoms of such.
A carriage horse is regularly subjected to twelve-hour days of pulling heavy carriages in extreme temperatures. On the streets, they breathe dust and car exhaust as they trot through traffic on hard asphalt. Carriage rides adhere to a tight schedule, and horses sometimes aren’t given a chance to rest and hydrate themselves. Horses are easily spooked in traffic and can collide with cars injuring both the horse and humans.
Jerry’s death was not an isolated incident. Unnecessary animal injuries and deaths occur in every city that allows carriage rides. Your signature will ask Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker to put an end to horses being worked to death in city streets by banning carriage rides.
Dear Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker
Jerry the horse collapsed on Salt Lake City streets while pulling a carriage in 90 degree heat. After being unceremoniously dragged onto a trailer, Jerry died at a farm later that week. The horse was very young, which suggests that it was receiving improper care or a lack of veterinary treatment.
Carriage rides pose many dangers to horses such as dehydration, overheating, and bad air quality. Combined with long hours of hard labor, this can lead to exhaustion, injury, and death. The comfort of the horses is rarely considered as they walk on hard ground in traffic that tends to spook them.
Jerry’s death and the death or injury of countless other horses could have been avoided entirely if carriage rides were banned. We ask you to help end these senseless deaths by banning carriage rides in Salt Lake City.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jeremy Beckham, PETA