Ban Cruel and Deadly Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Target: John Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina

Goal: Ban cruel and deadly horse-drawn carriages.

Heartbreaking footage recently emerged of Big John, a horse used to draw carriages in Charleston, South Carolina, collapsing to the ground as he pulled a dozen people through busy streets. Not only are horse-drawn carriages outdated, but they can also lead to death. It is time to ban this unnecessary cruelty.

In addition to Big John collapsing, he was unable to get back on his feet until his harness and equipment were taken off and he was assisted up with a strap. Across the country, horses that are used to pull carriages have been seriously injured and have even died. Heatstroke, hit and runs, and leg injuries are common problems these horses face.

Sign this petition to demand that Charleston ban horse-drawn carriages. These animals should not be exploited for profit any longer.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Tecklenburg,

Recently a horse named Big John collapsed while pulling a dozen people through the busy streets of Charleston. He was not able to stand back up until all of his equipment was taken off and he was assisted with a strap. The footage is hard to watch, but it is something that can be avoided in the future.

Horses used to pull carriages face a variety of dangers including, but not limited to, heatstroke, hit and runs, leg injuries, and even death. Navigating busy streets while pulling a heavy carriage is no easy feat and an incredibly stressful one for these animals.

It is time to stop exploiting animals for this unnecessary cruelty. Please ban horse-drawn carriages in Charleston. No animal should suffer for human entertainment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Charleston Animal Society

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62 Comments

  1. Bruce Leicester says:

    Let us get back into the 21st century. Get a fucking vehicle, assholes. Leave the poor horses alone.

  2. Hard to believe that these horses are still subjected to this cruelty. At the very least, they should be treated well, and respected, and given rest, sustenance and love…they should not be in this situation. People need to FF to the 21st century. Animal neglect and cruelty is not cool. It is unacceptable.

  3. Darlene Avery says:

    Stop this vile Inhumane treatment of these gentle creatures immediately. To have them hooked up to carriages of lazy stupid tourists is beyond cruel. They deserve to live their lives in peace and free of our entertainment. Stop this Inhumane abuse now.

    • REV J Christopher Boyd says:

      Go on you tube look up draft horses shipped to japan and slaughtered there is your true

  4. This is disgusting animal abuse,what kind of people think it’s okay
    To force a horse to carry them around?? It’s the 21 at century,if you need to get around,get a vehicle.
    There is no excuse for this outdated and cruel practice.

  5. Terri Gordon says:

    It all come down to disgusting greedy people who want MONEY. The poor horse are prostituted for it. If they want money let them use themselves to pull rickshaws. They do not need horses for this.

  6. Tamara Brown says:

    It won’t let me paste my selfie with Big John, but here is the accompanying post…
    This is Big John, alive and well, and working in the City yesterday. I stopped by the barn to give him some kisses, and took a selfie with him ?!! This incident depicted here in this photo, lasted exactly 11 minutes…he tripped over his own giant feet, waited patiently ( thank God, because if he had panicked and thrashed around, his handlers and him could have been seriously injured) until they released him from his harness, then they helped his big butt get up so he wouldn’t slip while he did so.

    City officials and a licensed equine veterinarian were called to the barn to check Big John out, found nothing wrong except two minor scrapes on his hock and elbow ( I’m happy to explain to anyone who cares what part of his body those are), and he was immediately released to go back to work. The carriage company owner decided to give him a little extra time off, and many people came to the barn to love on him, and being the ham that he is, he loved every bit of it ?. Big John is semi-retired, and does not work in the summer months. He does come from their farm in the country to work part time during the year to provide stimulation, exercise and the chance to do the job he loves. When these horses retire and have no purpose, some of them tend to decline rapidly as the age because they need the exercise and socialization just as many older people do. Please become informed…all the factual information you need is available to you!! This horse is so loved by so many, he is happy and healthy, and other than having a clumsy moment that lasted 11 minutes ( which was one incident in over 70,000 tours for that company), Theresa of his life is and always will be filled with incredible care and love ?This is Big John, alive and well, and working in the City yesterday. I stopped by the barn to give him some kisses, and took a selfie with him ?!! This incident depicted here in this photo, lasted exactly 11 minutes…he tripped over his own giant feet, waited patiently ( thank God, because if he had panicked and thrashed around, his handlers and him could have been seriously injured) until they released him from his harness, then they helped his big butt get up so he wouldn’t slip while he did so.

    City officials and a licensed equine veterinarian were called to the barn to check Big John out, found nothing wrong except two minor scrapes on his hock and elbow ( I’m happy to explain to anyone who cares what part of his body those are), and he was immediately released to go back to work. The carriage company owner decided to give him a little extra time off, and many people came to the barn to love on him, and being the ham that he is, he loved every bit of it ?. Big John is semi-retired, and does not work in the summer months. He does come from their farm in the country to work part time during the year to provide stimulation, exercise and the chance to do the job he loves. When these horses retire and have no purpose, some of them tend to decline rapidly as the age because they need the exercise and socialization just as many older people do. Please become informed…all the factual information you need is available to you!! This horse is so loved by so many, he is happy and healthy, and other than having a clumsy moment that lasted 11 minutes ( which was one incident in over 70,000 tours for that company), Theresa of his life is and always will be filled with incredible care and love ?! This is Big John, alive and well, and working in the City yesterday. I stopped by the barn to give him some kisses, and took a selfie with him ?!! This incident depicted here in this photo, lasted exactly 11 minutes…he tripped over his own giant feet, waited patiently ( thank God, because if he had panicked and thrashed around, his handlers and him could have been seriously injured) until they released him from his harness, then they helped his big butt get up so he wouldn’t slip while he did so.

    City officials and a licensed equine veterinarian were called to the barn to check Big John out, found nothing wrong except two minor scrapes on his hock and elbow ( I’m happy to explain to anyone who cares what part of his body those are), and he was immediately released to go back to work. The carriage company owner decided to give him a little extra time off, and many people came to the barn to love on him, and being the ham that he is, he loved every bit of it ?. Big John is semi-retired, and does not work in the summer months. He does come from their farm in the country to work part time during the year to provide stimulation, exercise and the chance to do the job he loves. When these horses retire and have no purpose, some of them tend to decline rapidly as the age because they need the exercise and socialization just as many older people do. Please become informed…all the factual information you need is available to you!! This horse is so loved by so many, he is happy and healthy, and other than having a clumsy moment that lasted 11 minutes ( which was one incident in over 70,000 tours for that company), Theresa of his life is and always will be filled with incredible care and love ?This is Big John, alive and well, and working in the City yesterday. I stopped by the barn to give him some kisses, and took a selfie with him ?!! This incident depicted here in this photo, lasted exactly 11 minutes…he tripped over his own giant feet, waited patiently ( thank God, because if he had panicked and thrashed around, his handlers and him could have been seriously injured) until they released him from his harness, then they helped his big butt get up so he wouldn’t slip while he did so.

    City officials and a licensed equine veterinarian were called to the barn to check Big John out, found nothing wrong except two minor scrapes on his hock and elbow ( I’m happy to explain to anyone who cares what part of his body those are), and he was immediately released to go back to work. The carriage company owner decided to give him a little extra time off, and many people came to the barn to love on him, and being the ham that he is, he loved every bit of it ?. Big John is semi-retired, and does not work in the summer months. He does come from their farm in the country to work part time during the year to provide stimulation, exercise and the chance to do the job he loves. When these horses retire and have no purpose, some of them tend to decline rapidly as the age because they need the exercise and socialization just as many older people do. Please become informed…all the factual information you need is available to you!! This horse is so loved by so many, he is happy and healthy, and other than having a clumsy moment that lasted 11 minutes ( which was one incident in over 70,000 tours for that company), Theresa of his life is and always will be filled with incredible care and love ?This is Big John, alive and well, and working in the City yesterday. I stopped by the barn to give him some kisses, and took a selfie with him ?!! This incident depicted here in this photo, lasted exactly 11 minutes…he tripped over his own giant feet, waited patiently ( thank God, because if he had panicked and thrashed around, his handlers and him could have been seriously injured) until they released him from his harness, then they helped his big butt get up so he wouldn’t slip while he did so.

    City officials and a licensed equine veterinarian were called to the barn to check Big John out, found nothing wrong except two minor scrapes on his hock and elbow ( I’m happy to explain to anyone who cares what part of his body those are), and he was immediately released to go back to work. The carriage company owner decided to give him a little extra time off, and many people came to the barn to love on him, and being the ham that he is, he loved every bit of it ?. Big John is semi-retired, and does not work in the summer months. He does come from their farm in the country to work part time during the year to provide stimulation, exercise and the chance to do the job he loves. When these horses retire and have no purpose, some of them tend to decline rapidly as the age because they need the exercise and socialization just as many older people do. Please become informed…all the factual information you need is available to you!! This horse is so loved by so many, he is happy and healthy, and other than having a clumsy moment that lasted 11 minutes ( which was one incident in over 70,000 tours for that company), Theresa of his life is and always will be filled with incredible care and love ?

  7. Lynda Lashaway says:

    Don’t you just love these stupid ass non horse people. If you don’t own a horse you have no right to comment. My horse fell down in the pasture and died, GONNA BAN HORSES FORM THE PASTURE TOO..stupid people.

  8. Yeh sure poor Big John tripped on his own big hooves! what ever!!! (most likely because he was exhausted!!!)This sort of thing happens all the time!!
    I didn’t even bother to read both of the above ridiculous post (Big John didn’t die or get injured in the pasture either) Horses don’t belong in the busy, noisy streets, in all weather esp heat!!! Catch a cab or a bus, they belong in busy, noisy streets, NOT HORSES!!!!!!! I’m sure if the horses on the streets could talk, they would rather be in a paddock. I have seen a horse killed in busy street, by a bus, the horse was spooked & uncontrollably ploughed into the bus. So don’t try & defend this outdated form of transport when we have something completely cruelty free (CABS, BUSES, BIKES) USA is NOT a 3rd world country for heavens sake, STOP putting horses in these dangerous situations!!!!
    NOT all horses working the streets are cared for properly, they are overworked too.
    SO SORRY FOR BIG JOHN BEING PUT BACK IN THIS SITUATION!!

  9. You people are clueless… exactly how many horses have died from the heat, yes zero, these horses are cared for better than you, your children or your employees! Get a friggin life and let those beautiful horses do what they enjoy doing… its their job! or would you prefer to just feed them to your dog or cat?

  10. So stupid. At the end of the day, horses are animals. As much as I love animals, horses were always purpose animals. They pulled plows, carrages, were used to hunt, and were, for a long time, a major form of transportation. Now they are reserved as a past time. A romantic, quite trip down a cobble road. Hardly something to overwelhm people with. If you really care about animals, how about protest the hunting of endangered animals in Africa, or the massive shark killings! For crying out loud people. For the small number of horse drawn carriages, and the even smaller amount of accidents from them, and even smaller, the deaths from them! Wow, for the number of car crashes that kill hundreds of thousands of people, LETS BAN CARS! NO! BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE STUPID! With anything there is bound to be death as we live in an imperfect world. How about we ban honey because those poor bees are working so hard to just have their honey stolen, living under opressive conditions. Tell me how that’s different? Honestly people!

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