Target: Melbourne Mayor, Robert Doyle
Goal: Ban driver from operating a horse-drawn carriage due to his verbal abuse toward passers-by and for swerving into a cyclist.
A recent video allegedly shows a horse-drawn carriage driver in a cowboy hat verbally abusing people on the street. He is filmed swearing and shouting violent threats and racial abuse at passers-by. He also insults protesters raising awareness of the cruelty involved in horse-drawn carriage rides.
The man has been dubbed “Melbourne’s angriest carriage driver” and is reportedly the same coachman who was filmed swerving into a cyclist in December 2014 after being asked to “stay out of the bike lane please.” His act put the cyclist in danger and could have caused harm to the carriage passengers, not to mention to the horses, who are sufficiently stressed from proximity to fast-moving traffic. This is yet more proof that horse-drawn carriages are unsafe and do not belong in cities.
The man’s aggressive behavior puts people and horses in danger and should be punished. Sign this petition urging the City of Melbourne to ban this man from owning and operating a carriage as well as consider banning all horse-drawn carriages by virtue of the danger involved.
Dear Mayor Doyle,
A recent video allegedly shows a Melbourne coachman hurling abuse, racial insults and violent threats at passers-by and peaceful protesters. It appears this same man was allegedly responsible for dangerously swerving into a cyclist in December 2014 after being asked to “stay out of the bike lane please.”
These actions put people and horses in danger and should not remain unpunished. Furthermore, they serve as more proof that horse-drawn carriages do not belong in cities.
I urge you to punish this man for his prejudicial and violent behavior by banning him from owning and operating a horse-drawn carriage. Please also consider banning all horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne as the carriages involve potential danger to passengers, pedestrians and cyclists as well as to the horses themselves.
[Your Name Here]
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