An Atlanta resident began a petition on the petition-based website Care2 asking the city to end horse-drawn carriage rides in the city, gaining over 700 signatures so far, according to a press release from Care2.
“There are plenty of ways to tour the city of Atlanta, and horse-drawn carriages shouldn’t be one of them,” petition author Sarah Rose wrote. “Horses that are forced to pull carriages live miserable lives. They are ripped from their natural environment and made to endure the loud sounds of heavy traffic and the harsh conditions of hot asphalt under their hooves in the summer. Many of them work seven hours a day, seven days a week, with little break.”
Last June, Rose launched a successful Care2 petition that convinced the city to install rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community, the release said.
In her petition, Rose points out that horses can be startled at the slightest provocation. She cites stories from across the country of horses attached to carriages becoming startled and bolting into traffic, endangering themselves and others. Often, she said, horses even fall over in the streets, unable to get up.
According to the release, past Care2 petitions have advocated for the end of horse-drawn carriages in cities like Las Vegas, Austin, and South Carolina. Some cities have pulled horses off the street entirely due to extreme weather.
“You can practically see the pain in these horses’ eyes,” Rose wrote. “Why not move them to a sanctuary, or out to a farm, where they belong?”
View the Care2 petition here.