Target: Liam Neeson
Goal: Condemn Liam Neeson for supporting the cruel carriage horse industry
The New York City legislature is currently considering a ban on carriage horses due to the inhumane conditions suffered by the horses. Unfortunately, actor Liam Neeson has recently come forward as a vocal supporter of the carriage horse industry. Carriage horses face stressful working conditions and long hours every day. Horse-drawn carriages have already been outlawed in London, Paris, and Toronto. Please sign this petition to tell Liam Neeson to halt his support of this cruel and outdated practice.
A recent audit of the carriage industry in New York discovered that the horses are not provided adequate water and risk overheating as they stand all day on hot asphalt. The horses are forced to stand in their own waste as they spend the night in cramped stables. Their days are spent enduring crowded street traffic and pollution as they haul oversized carriages down city streets. Many horses have been killed in traffic accidents or died of heatstroke.
A crowded urban landscape is not an acceptable place for a horse to spend its life. They are easily spooked by loud noises and endure much unnecessary stress. The practice was banned in London as early as 1947. Horse drawn carriages are an anachronism in a city such as New York.
According to actor Liam Neeson (who also famously ate wolf meat on the set of his recent movie “The Grey”), the horse carriage industry is a “humane industry that is well regulated by New York City’s Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs.” Obviously this statement is not born out by the evidence at hand. Please sign this petition and let Liam Neeson know that horse drawn carriages are a cruel, outdated mode of transportation that have no place on the modern streets of New York City.
Dear Liam Neeson:
I am appalled at your vocal and misguided support of the horse drawn carriage industry in New York City. Although you have stated that these horses are treated humanely, a recent audit of the carriage industry in New York discovered that this is not the case. Horses are not provided adequate water and risk overheating as they stand all day on hot asphalt. The horses are forced to stand in their own waste as they spend the night in cramped stables.
Apparently you find horse drawn carriages to be an amusing and charming activity. Unfortunately, your amusement comes at the expense of the welfare of the horses forced to toil in stressful and inhumane conditions. I urge you reconsider your support for this cruel and outdated industry.
[Your Name Here]
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