Ban Archaic Use of Horse-Drawn Carriages


Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

Goal: Stand with mayor as he tries to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park

Until Bill de Blasio became the mayor of New York City, the proposal to ban horse-drawn carriages was somewhat shoved under the rug. It was not taken seriously by the people of New York, and it was thought of as something that only extreme animal rights groups cared about.  While de Blasio does agree that Central Park is sacred and iconic — the defense that  pro-carriage people often use — he sees the horse carriages as vestiges of a different time.

Politically, this is not a great position for de Blasio to take. Many people see the horse-drawn carriages as a staple of New York and of New York tourism, and could not imagine a Central Park without them. However, many individuals are joining animal rights activists in standing with the mayor against the use of horse-drawn carriages in the park.

The banning lobby has some excellent moral reasons for getting rid of the horse-drawn carriages, which are ultimately stronger than the economic reasons that people have for keeping them. For example, if the horses get startled while they are walking on the streets, they can cause accidents. Many horses have crashed into cabs or cars, or have begun running out of control. They work all day and never get any pasture time — when they are not working or on the streets of New York, they are locked in their stables. While the owners — who operate the carriages — generally love their horses, the circumstances of their work do not allow them to give the horses the life that they need. They need more open space than uptown Manhattan can afford them.

Therefore, we are standing with Mayor Bill de Blasio as he works to stop the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York. It is a hard fight, and as such, he needs support as he moves forward with this debate. Sign the petition to him to tell him that we agree with his movement.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

We want to commend your effort to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York. They are now a vestige of an older New York City, and while preserving the past is great, sometimes it is not appropriate. In cases where horses are dealing with rush hour traffic, it is the latter.

We are writing today to let you know that we support you in your effort to ban the use of horse carriages in New York. While it is definitely a hard fight, we think it is best for the future of New York — and the horses — if your side comes out of this victorious.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Would you walk or ride your bike in nyc traffic? No, I wont even drive in nyc traffic. Why would anyone force an animal to? There is no question that this needs to be banned. The way the cabs speed, I cant believe selfish greedy monsters are trying to manipulate the idea that this is ok. Change needs to be made to be in this century. Do a horse carriage ride someplace other than dangerous nyc streets!

  2. Great ban the horses from working and three guesses where they end up next. Can anyone say glue? The trouble with animal rights people is they only think of themselves. If you ever spent the time to learn who these animals are you would see the pride in what they do. Aread there days when they do not want to work sure,but all in all watch their gait and the pride of their headset as they work. And you want to send them to a barn but more likely a auction block for out of country consumption

  3. I don’t think its necessary to ban horse drawn carriages in the park. its part of the tourism and its also good to see modern and old mode of transportation in one place. Maybe a regulation would do.

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