Support Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

Target: Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, British Colombia

Goal: Ban cruel and outdated horse-drawn carriage rides through city streets.

Activists are seeking to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in Victoria, British Colombia. Rights group Victoria Horse Alliance will soon present a plan to city hall that would see the outdated rides phased out by 2018. Similar plans to take horse-drawn carriage rides out of other major cities such as Toronto, London, and Beijing have proven successful in reducing injuries to both horses and motorists.

The horse-drawn carriage industry sees animals kept on their feet for long hours each day. They pull heavy, oversized loads during periods of extreme cold and heat. Horses made to pull wagons can suffer respiratory diseases from constantly breathing traffic exhaust, leg and hoof injuries from the hard pavement, and heat stroke in summertime. There is also a risk to pedestrians and motorists — in the past 20 years, there have been 20 reported horse-drawn carriage accidents in the city.

Victoria Horse Alliance has so far lodged two complaints about the alleged improper care of horses’ hooves, which can cause pain and long-term damage. The group also alleges that the metal bars, or bits, put in horses’ mouths cause pain and tooth damage. In order to bring this cruel and old-fashioned practice to an end, citizens must show their support for the proposed ban. Sign the petition below to urge Victoria to phase out horse-drawn carriage rides on city streets.


Dear Mayor Helps,

A proposition to ban horse-drawn carriage rides by 2018 will soon be put forth by animal rights group Victoria Horse Alliance. The group hopes to see the industry, which has seen 20 accidents in as many years, phased out completely. Similar initiatives have previously proven successful in major cities such as Toronto, London, and Beijing.

Horses made to pull oversized carriages on hard cement streets have endured many injuries, including broken legs and ankles, respiratory diseases, and heat stroke. The horses, which work for long hours in heavy traffic, also experience extreme stress.

It is cruel and inhumane to exploit these intelligent and sentient animals for entertainment and profit. In order to ensure the safety of not only horses, but everyone on the streets, this backward practice must be stopped. We, the undersigned, ask you to support the proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in Victoria.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Very very sad, not only for the horses who should retire to a sanctuary but the sheer ignorance of Victoria displaying overworked horses to visitors and putting visitors in danger. I would think this is quite obvious. Retire the horses now.

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